The Yankees experienced their struggles recently (to place it mildly), however they helped themselves on the weekend if they swatted away the team that’s likely their biggest threat in the AL East division.
The Yankees second-half spiral allowed the Rays, also to a smaller extent, the Blue Jays, to close that which was recently a hefty double-digit deficit in the division race. Had the Rays swept the series this weekend in the Bronx, they might have been only 1 1/2 games behind the reeling Yankees — an unthinkable scenario as recently as a couple weeks ago.
However the Yankees took two of three to widen the gap to 5 1/2 games prior to the Rays, plus they are six prior to the Blue Jays. That is hardly a cushty lead, however the Yankees season series with the Rays is currently complete, plus they have only three more games with the Blue Jays. They will have 21 games remaining, and 12 are against sub-.500 teams. If the Yankees are searching for a sliver of very good news heading in to the final stretch run, strength of schedule may be it.
Biggest jump: The White Sox jumped three spots, from 16 to 13. Including a loss Sunday in Oakland, Chicago has won nine of 13 games under acting manager Miguel Cairo, scoring a lot more than six runs per game while hitting 21 homers throughout that stretch.
Biggest drop: The Brewers (14 to 16) and Orioles (12 to 14) both dropped two spots. Baltimore opened a homestand the other day by dropping three of four to Toronto before losing two of three to the Red Sox.
1) Dodgers (96-43; the other day: 1)
The Dodgers rolled on the Padres on Sunday to end up being the first team this year to clinch a postseason berth. That part was confirmed, as is clinching the NL West division, that ought to happen soon. The Dodgers magic number is right down to 2 to clinch their ninth NL West title during the past 10 seasons. It might happen as soon as Tuesday. The Dodgers, that are on pace for 112 wins this year, have a +310 run differential — a lot more than 100 runs greater than the Yankees, that are second with +206.
2) Astros (90-50; the other day: 2)
The Astros won their 90th game within their 140th game of the growing season on Sunday with a romp on the Angels. Its the second-fewest games had a need to reach 90 wins in franchise history. Only the 2019 team (90 wins in 139 games) achieved it quicker. Also, Houston can be an MLB-best 35-11 against left-handed starters this year.
3) Braves (87-53; the other day: 3)
The Braves lost a wild someone to the Mariners on Sunday to drop 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Mets in the NL East. Atlanta was on a significant roll before losing the ultimate two games in Seattle — that they had won eight straight, and since Aug. 9, they’re 23-7. Thats the very best stretch in the Major Leagues throughout that block of time.
4) Mets (89-52; the other day: 4)
The Mets welcomed a much-needed easy win on Sunday if they rolled on the Marlins, 9-3. In the ultimate two games of the series in Miami, the Mets outscored their opponent, 20-6. Individually, Francisco Lindor is one home run shy of tying Asdrbal Cabrera (23 in 2016) for probably the most homers within a season by way of a Mets shortstop. Lindor already gets the most RBIs by way of a Mets shortstop ever sold with 91.
5) Cardinals (83-58; the other day: 5)
So much is going on in St. Louis nowadays. The Cardinals are running away with the NL Central — theyre eight games prior to the Brewers — and Albert Pujols is threatening to attain the 700-homer threshold before he calls it a lifetime career. He surpassed Alex Rodriguez on Sunday without. 697, and when he is able to get three more (the Cardinals have 21 games remaining in the standard season), hell join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth because the only players in MLB history going to 700 homers.
All of those other field of 30:
- Rays (the other day: 6)
- Mariners (8)
- Yankees (7)
- Blue Jays (9)
- Padres (10)
- Phillies (11)
- Guardians (13)
- White Sox (16)
- Orioles (12)
- Twins (15)
- Brewers (14)
- Red Sox (17)
- Giants (18)
- D-backs (19)
- Rangers (20)
- Cubs (22)
- Angels (21)
- Marlins (24)
- Rockies (23)
- Reds (25)
- Royals (26)
- Tigers (27)
- Pirates (28)
- As (29)
- Nationals (30)
Voters: Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince, Paul Casella, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Mike Petriello, Sarah Langs, Andrew Simon, David Venn, Brett Blueweiss