MLB Playoffs: Three Playoff Races to Watch Out For

Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles

Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

September is an exciting month for baseball fans around the country. It’s starting to get cooler, and the feel of October baseball is in the air. Even though the it’s cooler outside, division races around the MLB are hotter than ever.

With the addition of the second wild card, more teams are in the playoff hunt and more games have playoff implications. Which makes for great September baseball.

With a plethora of great baseball to watch, what playoff races are the most thrilling and could provide the most drama until the end of the season?

AL East Division Race: Right now there are three teams battling for the AL East: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles are perhaps the biggest surprise of them all. The O’s haven’t had a winning season since 1997, which was the last time they had won the east and made the playoffs. Right now the Yankees currently hold a one game lead over the Orioles. But with a few weeks left of baseball, the O’s could still have plenty of time to overtake the Bronx Bombers at the top of the east.

NL Wild Card: The Atlanta Braves have all but locked up the first wild card spot, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are battling the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals for the last spot. Are the Cardinals going to fail to make it to the postseason after winning it all in 2011? And are the Dodgers going to fail to make the playoffs even though they went all in when making a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox. With only 1.5 games separating the two teams, and the surging Philadelphia Phillies making a bid for a postseason spot. This maybe the most exciting race of them all.

AL Central: The Detroit Tigers were the heavy favorites to run away with the weak central division for the second straight year. Yet, the Chicago White Sox have owned the central for almost the whole year and the Tigers are trying to keep their playoff dreams alive. These two teams have one more game remaining with each other. Then, both teams have a pretty weak remaining schedule. It’s going to come down to who can stay the most consistent, and pull out enough big wins to take the central crown.

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