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MLB Standings Update: A Little Over 2 Weeks Left, And Things Are Heating Up

Last Friday, I lamented on the lack of drama in the final weeks of the regular season in the Major Leagues, and lo and behold, both Wild Card races went and tightened up over the weekend, and suddenly, there is indeed drama. And just in time too, what with the Indians about out of it and the Tigers running away with the AL Central.

Here then is the latest standings update as we near only two weeks left in the season:


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Detroit 84 62 .575 0 Won 9
Chicago 73 72 .503 10.5 Lost 1
Cleveland 72 72 .500 11 Won 1
Kansas City 62 86 .418 23 Won 2
Minnesota 59 87 .404 25 Lost 3

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:08 PM EDT)


There is no drama here, and no chance for the White Sox or the Indians as far as the Wild Card goes, but alas, it was not a bad ride this year, and the Tribe has a shot to finosh .500 or better. And hey, that would be a twelve-game improvement over 2010.

The Tigers have a magic number of 7, and the Royals and the Twins have been eliminated.


AL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 88 57 .606 0 Won 1
Boston 85 61 .582 3.5 Lost 5
Tampa Bay 81 64 .558 7 Won 4
Toronto 74 73 .503 15 Won 2
Baltimore 58 87 .400 30 Lost 2

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:10 PM EDT)


This division suddenly is starting to heat up. While the Yankees have a pretty firm grip on a playoff spot, Tampa Bay could still make a run at New York, what with the way the Rays are playing.

The Yankees begin the week in Seattle on Monday, while Boston hosts Toronto starting Tuesday. The Rays are at Baltimore beginning tonight.

New York has a magic number of 14 to win the East, while the Red Sox own the Wild Card lead at present (see below).

Only Baltimore is officially eliminated in this division.


AL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Texas 83 64 .564 0 Won 1
Los Angeles 80 66 .547 2.5 Lost 1
Oakland 66 80 .452 16.5 Lost 1
Seattle 61 85 .417 21.5 Lost 2

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:13 PM EDT)


The Angels continue to hang tough in the West, and also have an outside chance at a Wild Card (see below).

The Rangers entertain the Indians starting Tuesday night, while Los Angeles begins a series in Oakland on Monday.

Texas' magic number is 14, and the Athletics and the Mariners have both been eliminated.


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Boston 85 61 .582 0 Lost 5
Tampa Bay 81 64 .558 3.5 Won 4
Los Angeles 80 66 .547 5 Lost 1
Chicago 73 72 .503 11.5 Lost 1
Toronto 74 73 .503 11.5 Won 2
Cleveland 72 72 .500 12 Won 1
Oakland 66 80 .452 19 Lost 1
Kansas City 62 86 .418 24 Won 2
Seattle 61 85 .417 24 Lost 2
Minnesota 59 87 .404 26 Lost 3
Baltimore 58 87 .400 26.5 Lost 2

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:15 PM EDT)


This is a three-team race that has, indeed, become a race. Boston, as noted above, takes on the Blue Jays beginning Tuesday, while Tampa Bay is at Baltimore starting tonight, and Los Angeles is at Oakland.

Boston's magic number to clinch the Wild Card (at least) is 14. Oakland, Kansas City, Seattle, Minnesota and Baltimore have all been eliminated from postseason consideration.

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And, in the National League...


NL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Milwaukee 86 62 .581 0 Won 1
St. Louis 79 67 .541 6 Won 5
Cincinnati 71 75 .486 14 Lost 2
Pittsburgh 66 80 .452 19 Lost 3
Chicago 64 82 .438 21 Won 2
Houston 49 97 .335 36 Lost 1

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:18 PM EDT)


This division was a runaway a few days ago, but has tightened up quite a bit.

The Brewers begin the week at home against the Rockies on Tuesday, while the Cardinals are in action tonight in Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee's magic number to clinch the Central is 10, and the Pirates, the Cubs and the Astros have all been eliminated.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Philadelphia 94 49 .657 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 84 63 .571 12 Lost 3
New York 71 75 .486 24.5 Lost 2
Washington 67 77 .465 27.5 Won 1
Florida 66 79 .455 29 Won 3

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:21 PM EDT)


Philadelphia is just about ready to be crowned as the champs of the East, and yet the Braves have the lead in the Wild Card (see below).

The Mets, the Nationals and the Marlins have all been eliminated.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Arizona 85 62 .578 0 Lost 1
San Francisco 76 70 .520 8.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 72 73 .496 12 Lost 1
Colorado 69 77 .472 15.5 Won 2
San Diego 63 84 .428 22 Won 1

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:22 PM EDT)


The world champion Giants are just about gone, as the Diamondbacks' magic number has shrunk to 8.

Arizona is at the Dodgers to begin the week, while San Francisco is at home to face the Padres.

Colorado and San Diego have both been eliminated from the West race.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 84 63 .571 0 Lost 3
St. Louis 79 67 .541 4.5 Won 5
San Francisco 76 70 .520 7.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 72 73 .496 11 Lost 1
Cincinnati 71 75 .486 12.5 Lost 2
New York 71 75 .486 12.5 Lost 2
Colorado 69 77 .472 14.5 Won 2
Washington 67 77 .465 15.5 Won 1
Florida 66 79 .455 17 Won 3
Pittsburgh 66 80 .452 17.5 Lost 3
Chicago 64 82 .438 19.5 Won 2
San Diego 63 84 .428 21 Won 1
Houston 49 97 .335 34.5 Lost 1

(updated 9.12.2011 at 1:24 PM EDT)


The Cardinals got much closer to the Braves and are making a Wild Card race of it after all, and the Giants are still breathing, though just barely, for the fourth playoff spot.

Atlanta starts a series at home vs. Florida on Monday, while St. Louis is at Pittsburgh and San Francisco is at home to take on San Diego.

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And there we have it, looking ahead to our next update on Friday. Two divisions are still up in the air and both Wild Card races have become interesting. Not much to look forward to, yet much more to look forward to than there was last Friday.

See you next time.

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