Sep 20, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara (19) sprays champagne on the fans after they clinched the AL East with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
As the Playoff picture started to come into focus, there were only minor tweaks in the rankings this week. The next “rankings’ will take their form as a Playoff Prediction piece.
The Red Sox clinched the A.L. East over the weekend, capping their worst to first season. They’ll be looking to finish strong in order to secure home field advantage throughout the Playoffs (they’re 1.5 games up on Oakland).
The Pirates have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games, but are close to clinching a Playoff berth. They trail the Cardinals by 2 games in the N.L. Central, but are tied with the Reds for the 1st Wild Card spot. A Pirates win coupled with a Washington loss would cement Pittsburgh’s 1st Postseason appearance since 1992.
The Dodgers, who clinched the N.L. West a few days ago, have gone 7-11 since September 3rd. They’re 2.5 games behind Atlanta in the race for the best record in the N.L.
9. Tampa Bay Rays (86-69)
11 ^ 2
The Rays, who’ve righted the ship and are currently in possession of the 1st Wild Card in the A.L., will look to complete a 4 game sweep of Baltimore today before heading to New York for a 3 game set against the fading Yankees.
10. Cleveland Indians (86-70)
The beneficiaries of an extremely easy schedule, the Indians have taken control of the 2nd Wild Card in the A.L. They’re 1.5 games up on staggering Texas with 6 games to play.
11. Texas Rangers (84-71)
9 – 2
The Rangers have gone from comfortably in first place, to comfortably leading the Wild Card, to being on the outside looking in. Texas trails Cleveland by 1.5 games (one in the loss column) in the race for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
The Angels need to go 5-2 to finish with a .500 record. They’ll be attempting to do it against an Oakland team that’s fighting for the best record in the A.L. and a Texas team that’s fighting for their playoff lives.
18. San Francisco Giants (72-84)
It was reported a few days ago that the Giants are interested in retaining both of their pending high profile free agents, Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence. It’s rumored that the Giants are willing to offer Pence a 4 year deal worth $56 million.
19. New York Mets (71-84)
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The Mets swept the Phillies over the weekend to put themselves in precarious position. They’re just a half game clear of the Giants for the 11th overall (unprotected) pick in next year’s draft.
After reports leaked that Colorado could be looking to deal both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, team officials tried to quiet rumors this week by claiming that there was close to a zero chance that both players would be moved.
The Phillies, who were swept by the Mets at home this weekend, announced during the series that they were removing the interim tag from manager Ryne Sandberg. He was given a 3 year deal that runs through 2016.
24. Milwaukee Brewers (69-86)
Pending free agent Corey Hart, who has missed the entire season after undergoing surgery on his knees, stated this week that he’d be willing to return to Milwaukee on a discount.
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