It's almost ridiculous to think how much things can change over the course of a few days, but that's exactly what's happened. September is officially here, and the division races are getting seriously heated. Let's take a look how where everybody stands in the American League on September 1.
- Boston (82-56, .594, 0 GB)
- Tampa Bay (75-60, .556, 5½ GB)
- Baltimore (72-63, .533, 8½ GB)
- New York (72-64, .529, 9 GB)
- Toronto (62-75, .453, 19½ GB)
The Red Sox have some breathing room to start the final month of the regular season. Of course, Tampa having lost four straight didn't hurt their case either. Boston is a popular pick to win the AL crown next month, and they're giving people a good reason to believe it.
- Detroit (80-57, .584, 0 GB)
- Cleveland (72-64, .529, 7½ GB)
- Kansas City (70-66, .515, 9½ GB)
- Minnesota (59-76, .437, 20 GB)
- Chicago (56-79, .415, 23 GB)
The Tigers seem to have a good grip on the AL Central, thanks mostly in part to Cleveland. The Indians have picked a really bad time to start cooling off, as they have fallen out off the mark, and are in danger of losing their second place spot to Kansas City.
- Texas (79-57, .581, 0 GB)
- Oakland (78-58, .574, 1 GB)
- Los Angeles (63-72, .467, 15½ GB)
- Seattle (62-74, .456, 17 GB)
- Houston (45-91, .331, 34 GB -- ELIMINATED)
The Angels picked up a much needed weekend sweep over the Brewers. But they'll need nothing short of a miracle if they want to interrupt the Texas/Oakland battle for the division lead. One team now available to mail it in here is Houston, who is officially eliminated from any postseason contention. Oh, and they're also nine games away from their 100th loss of the year.
As stated with the last posting of standings, it appears that the East and Central will be locked up if things stay is current course. But the official prediction from here will be that Oakland will eventually knock Texas off the mountain and take the West title.