We're two weeks away from the end of the regular season, and there has been a shake up in the AL West. It seems the Texas Rangers have taken a bit of a slip in the standings and now are in danger of falling out of division title contention. Let's take a look at the American League, and see what is happening at the midway point of September.
- Boston (92-59, .609, 0 GB)
- Tampa Bay (81-67, .547, 9½ GB)
- Baltimore (79-70, .530, 12 GB)
- New York (79-71, .527, 12½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Toronto (68-81, .456, 23 GB -- ELIMINATED)
Entering play on Monday, Tampa Bay is four games away from being eliminated from division title contention. The Red Sox should have the division wrapped up by the weekend, as they head into a Monday matchup with the Yankees.
- Detroit 86-63, .577, 0 GB)
- Cleveland (81-68, .544, 5 GB)
- Kansas City (78-71, .523, 8 GB)
- Minnesota (64-84, .432, 21½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Chicago (58-91, .389, 28 GB -- ELIMINATED)
This is an interesting division to keep an eye on, as both Cleveland and Kansas City still have a shot at the division title. Cleveland fell off pace over the last couple of weeks, but have bounced back and are currently on a four-game winning streak.
- Oakland (88-61, .591, 0 GB)
- Texas (81-67, .547, 6½ GB)
- Los Angeles (72-77, .483, 16 GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Seattle (66-83, .443, 22 GB - ELIMINATED)
- Houston (51-98, .342, 37 GB -- ELIMINATED)
As expected, the A's and Rangers are the lone two teams remaining in the West. However there has been a huge power shift in the last week, as Oakland has surged ahead with a five-game winning streak, and Texas has fallen off track by losing their last six. Oakland looks to further the damage on Monday night, as the two teams will do battle in Arlington.
Boston has essentially wrapped up the East, barring a catastrophic meltdown like they experienced a few years ago. The Rangers have just fallen apart at exactly the wrong time. While they are still just 6½ games back, this series with Oakland should give a clear indicator of who will walk away with as the AL West Champions.