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MLB Standings Update: Just 1 Club Eliminated, But Others Getting Close

As the final month of the regular season begins, only one team has been eliminated from any chance to make the postseason. However, the Houston Astros shouldn't feel too bad, as a few others are going to be joining them soon.

As the home stretch nears, here is the latest look at the standings in each division and in the Wild Card races, as well as who will be playing whom among teams still with a realistic chance to make the playoffs.


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 73 60 .548 0 Lost 1
Chicago 66 65 .503 6 Won 3
Cleveland 65 65 .500 6.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 56 77 .421 17 Won 1
Kansas City 55 79 .410 18.5 Won 1

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:03 AM EDT)


The Tigers prepare for a four-game series at home against the Royals, while the White Sox, who have finally overtaken the Tribe for second place in the Central, are at home for three vs. the Twins. The Indians are also at home, for four against the Athletics.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Boston 82 51 .616 0 Won 2
New York 79 52 .603 2 Won 1
Tampa Bay 73 59 .553 8.5 Won 3
Toronto 66 67 .496 16 Lost 4
Baltimore 53 78 .404 28 Lost 1

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:06 AM EDT)


The Yankees finish a series vs. the Orioles in Baltimore on Monday, before New York heads to Boston for a showdown with the Red Sox beginning on Tuesday. The Rays, who refuse to go away, wrap up a series in Toronto before going to Texas to take on the Rangers.


AL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Texas 76 59 .562 0 Won 1
Los Angeles 72 61 .541 3 Lost 1
Oakland 60 73 .451 15 Lost 2
Seattle 56 76 .424 18.5 Lost 3

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:08 AM EDT)


The Angels head to Seattle to face the Mariners in a series beginning on Monday, while the Rangers will be home for the Rays on Tuesday night.


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 79 52 .603 0 Won 1
Tampa Bay 73 59 .553 6.5 Won 3
Los Angeles 72 61 .541 8 Lost 1
Chicago 66 65 .503 13 Won 3
Cleveland 65 65 .500 13.5 Lost 1
Toronto 66 67 .496 14 Lost 4
Oakland 60 73 .451 20 Lost 2
Seattle 56 76 .424 23.5 Lost 3
Minnesota 56 77 .421 24 Won 1
Kansas City 55 79 .410 25.5 Won 1
Baltimore 53 78 .404 26 Lost 1

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:10 AM EDT)


This battle seems to be hanging on by a thread, waiting for one more New ork push, but as it still is alive, we can tell you that the Yankees finish a series in Baltimore today, while the Rays play one more game in Canada before heading for Texas, and the Angels go to the Pacific Northwest to face Seattle.

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NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Philadelphia 83 46 .643 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 79 54 .593 6 Lost 2
New York 62 68 .476 21.5 Lost 2
Washington 62 70 .469 22.5 Lost 6
Florida 59 72 .450 25 Lost 1

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:12 AM EDT)


This decidedly two-team race sees the Phillies heading to Cincinnati to begin a series with the Reds on Monday, while the Braves will entertain the Nationals beginning Tuesday night.


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Milwaukee 81 54 .600 0 Won 3
St. Louis 70 64 .522 10.5 Won 1
Cincinnati 67 66 .503 13 Won 4
Pittsburgh 62 71 .466 18 Lost 1
Chicago 57 77 .425 23.5 Lost 4
Houston 44 90 .328 36.5 Won 1

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:14 AM EDT)


I am ready to concede the division title to the Brewers in the NL Central, With Milwaukee having a magic number of only 18, it might all be over in a couple of weeks in the Majors' largest division.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Arizona 75 59 .559 0 Won 6
San Francisco 71 63 .529 4 Lost 1
Colorado 64 70 .477 11 Won 1
Los Angeles 62 70 .469 12 Lost 1
San Diego 60 74 .447 15 Lost 4

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:16 AM EDT)


The defending World Series champion Giants are starting to slip into dangerous territory, but this one is much too early to call. The Diamondbacks are home to take on the Rockies as the week begins, while the Giants will also be home, facing the Chicago Cubs.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 79 54 .593 0 Lost 2
San Francisco 71 63 .529 8.5 Lost 1
St. Louis 70 64 .522 9.5 Won 1
Cincinnati 67 66 .503 12 Won 4
Colorado 64 70 .477 15.5 Won 1
New York 62 68 .476 15.5 Lost 2
Washington 62 70 .469 16.5 Lost 6
Los Angeles 62 70 .469 16.5 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 62 71 .466 17 Lost 1
Florida 59 72 .450 19 Lost 1
San Diego 60 74 .447 19.5 Lost 4
Chicago 57 77 .425 22.5 Lost 4
Houston 44 90 .328 35.5 Won 1

(updated 8.29.2011 at 11:18 AM EDT)


As noted above, the Braves take their healthy Wild Card lead into a series at home vs. Washington, while San Francisco hosts the Cubs. The Cardinals, who are as good as out of contention in the Central but within my 10-game "bubble" of contention for the Wild Card (it is, after all, still August) will begin a series on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

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Be sure to check back on Friday, when the picture may have become even clearer.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.