As the end of the season draws near, the divisional races are heating up around baseball. But so are the Wild Card races, as we take a look at the American League.
Earlier in the week, the Houston Astros were officially eliminated from any hopes of playoff contention. Now the Chicago White Sox are on the verge of being knocked out, as they enter Friday's game in Baltimore on a seven-game skid and three games from elimination. Here's how the rest of the AL Wild Card scene is taking place heading into the weekend.
- Oakland (80-60, +2½ game lead)
- Tampa Bay (77-62, 0 GB)
- New York (75-65, 2½ GB) -- 21
- Baltimore (74-65, 3 GB) -- 21
- Cleveland (74-65, 3 GB) -- 21
- Kansas City (73-67, 4½ GB) --19
- Los Angeles (65-74, 12 GB) -- 12
- Toronto (64-76, 13½ GB) -- 10
- Seattle (63-77, 14½ GB) -- 9
- Minnesota (61-77, 15½) -- 9
- Chicago (56-83, 21 GB) -- 3
- Houston (47-93, 30½ GB) -- ELMINATED
Now there is a small change in the format above from what has been previously posted. Next to each team you'll see their record and the number of games back in each division, both in parenthesis. Next to that information is another number, which represents the number of games until that team is eliminated from contention. So for example, let's take a look at Chicago.
Their current record is 56-83, and they are 21 games back in the AL Wild Card race. The "3" next to it notes that they are just three losses away from being eliminated. As you'll see, Houston has already been mathematically eliminated.
The next couple of weeks will be very interesting, as teams try to make their final efforts for the postseason and get into contention. Make sure to check out the MLB Examiner on Facebook as well as follow along on Twitter for more information.