Sep 15, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) hits a two run home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
The Pirates and Athletics surged forward, but everything else remained pretty much status quo.
The Red Sox swept the Yankees at Fenway over the weekend to inflict serious damage on New York’s playoff hopes. The bearded juggernaut is 9.5 games up on Tampa in the A.L. East with 11 games remaining.
Atlanta has beaten up on Washington, Philadelphia, and Miami this season, but they’ve been mediocre against pretty much everyone else. It’ll be interesting to see what they’re made of come playoff time.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (87-62)
The Cardinals are in a tie with Pittsburgh for 1st place in the N.L. Central, and they have an incredibly easy schedule to rest of the way. 10 of their last 13 games are against the Rockies, Brewers and Cubs. The other 3 are against Washington, who may be out of it by the time that series rolls around on 9/23.
The A’s are on fire. They’ve won 5 straight and 8 of their last 10 to leave the Rangers in the dust in the race for the A.L. West title (they’re 6.5 games up with 13 games to play). Oakland is legit. They’re 5th in the majors in runs scored, and rank 7th or better in the bigs in the 4 major pitching categories.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (87-62)
9 ^ 4
After a speed bump, the Pirates righted the ship by winning 6 of their last 7 games. They’re in a 1st place tie with St. Louis in the N.L. Central.
6. Detroit Tigers (86-63)
4 – 2
The Tigers continue to play well as they drive towards another A.L. Central crown. Their drop in the rankings is due to impossible to ignore surges by the Pirates and A’s.
Chris Davis hit his 50th home run last week for the O’s, who are 2.5 games behind Tampa and Texas for one of the Wild Card spots. Baltimore will play 3 in Boston this week before opening a huge 4 game set against the Rays in Tampa.
Washington had a 6-1 week but remain 4.5 games behind Cincinnati for the 2nd Wild Card with 13 games to play. Also in need monitoring: Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm. He recently skipped a start due to discomfort, but the club believes he’s fine.
The Padres are 1 game up on the Rockies for last place in the N.L. West. They can cement a protected 1st round pick by losing more, or avoid finishing in last place by winning more.
22. New York Mets (67-82)
20 – 2
The Mets are likely about to get David Wright (strained hamstring) back for the remainder of the season. However, the biggest news this week will likely revolve around Matt Harvey and his partially torn UCL. Harvey was scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews this afternoon.
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