The baseball season continues on after the American League defeated the National League in the All-Star game guaranteeing whichever team represents the AL in the World Series home-field advantage. Not too much has changed since I last checked in but I haven't been paying close attention so I'll do a recap for myself and my small sports readership.
While the Baltimore Orioles do lead the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays are only a half game behind. The Boston Red Sox are also making a run for the top trailing by only a game and a half to the O's. Looks like the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays are out of the race.
The Cleveland Indians have a solid lead with Detroit Tigers the next best team at 4.5 games behind. The rest of the division is putting up much of a fight.
The Texas Rangers also hold a steady lead with a six-game lead over the Houston Astros. The Astros are also two games out for the Wild Care behind the Blue Jays, Red Sox, and Tigers.
The Washington National are up four games but the Miami Marlins have risen up as the only challenger in the NL East that could give them a run for their money as the season comes to a close.
The Chicago Cubs continue their historic run to the playoffs. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better chance at the Wild Card than beating the team with the most players on the All-Star team.
It's an even year of this decade so the San Francisco Giants could continue their every other year streak, but the Los Angeles Dodgers could pose a challenge only two games behind. The rest of the division isn't much of a challenge.
The patterns are starting become clear and teams are pulling ahead of the pack so I'll start looking a little closer at the top teams as we approach October. I'm excited to get to know these potential champions and the players that makes these teams great.