With less than a calendar week remaining on the MLB schedule the true contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the pretenders. Three divisions are still up for grabs and two wild card slots still remain two be decided but that will all soon change in a few days or so. Let’s take a look at last night’s action that had an impact on these races in today’s Hunt for October watch.
In the American League East race the both the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles found themselves victorious by large margins one day after both losing. The Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins by a score of 8-2 while the Orioles crushed the Toronto Blue Jays 12-2 thanks to a franchise record seven homeruns. The Yanks remain one and a half games up on the O’s (currently sit in the first AL Wild Card slot) with New York having seven games left and Baltimore having just six left to play.
In the AL Central things have changed as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-4 and now hold a one game lead in the division. The Chicago White Sox losing ways continued as they lost for the seventh time in eight games falling to the Cleveland Indians 6-4. Chicago has watched their lead dwindle away over the past two weeks and now find themselves having to chase Detroit.
In the AL West the Oakland A’s are gaining fast on the Texas Rangers as they defeated them again 9-3 and now find themselves just three games behind Texas. The A’s also currently hold the second AL Wild Card slot but the Los Angeles Angles and Tampa Bay Rays are hot on their trail for that spot. Both the Angels and Rays were victorious last night with Tampa Bay defeating the Boston Red Sox 4-2 and Los Angeles knocking off the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on a Tori Hunter walk-off hit. The Angels are just two games behind Oakland for the second AL Wild Card slot while the Rays are trailing by three games.
The race for the second National League Wild Card slot the Houston Astros shutout the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 while the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-2 and the Milwaukee Brewers won versus the Cincinnati Reds 8-1. Both the Dodgers and Brewers now sit just three and a half games behind the Cardinals for the National Leagues final Wild Card slot.