Sep 6, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA;Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) celebrates with teammate Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) as he arrives at home after his game tying grand slam in the 7th inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
The Red Sox took over the top spot, the Pirates took a tumble, and both the Reds and Cardinals made a surge.
After opening an insurmountable lead in the N.L. East, the Braves have eased off the pedal a bit. They’re currently leading the Dodgers by 2 games in the race for the best record in the National League.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (83-60)
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The Cardinals swept the Pirates over the weekend to take a 1.5 game lead in the N.L. Central. Strangely, the Cards won’t play any more regular season games against either Pittsburgh or Cincinnati (who are in a 2nd place tie behind them).
4. Detroit Tigers (82-61)
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The Tigers have a 5.5 game lead over the Indians for 1st place in the N.L. Central, and close the season with an incredibly easy schedule. 16 of their remaining 19 games are against the White Sox, Mariners, Twins, and Marlins.
The Reds have gone 5-1 over their last 6 games to pull even with 2nd place Pittsburgh. The N.L. Central is almost impossibly tight: 1st place St. Louis has a 1.5 game lead over both the Reds and Pirates, who are tied.
The Rays have gone 3-7 over their last 10 to fall out of it in the A.L. East race. The question now, is whether or not they can hold off the 4 teams who are nipping at their heels in the race for the 2nd Wild Card.
The Royals have gone 6-4 over their last 10 to pull within 3.5 games of the Rays for the 2nd Wild Card. They play 6 of their next 9 games against Cleveland, who they’ll need to hurdle over in order to reach the playoffs.
The Diamondbacks, 4-6 over their last 10, are 11 games back of the 1st place Dodgers in the N.L. West and are just about out of it as far as the Wild Card is concerned (they’re 9 games behind Cincinnati & Pittsburgh).
The Angels have picked it up a bit lately, but Josh Hamilton remains a mess. The 32 year old, who signed an enormous free agent deal over the winter, is hitting .237 with a .298 OBP. He has an OPS of .715, has hit 19 homers, and driven in just 62 runs.
18. Toronto Blue Jays (67-76)
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The Blue Jays, who have gone 8-2 over their last 10, have woken up too late as far as the postseason is concerned. However, a strong finish could give them hope going into 2014.
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