- 51-98 — Pittsburgh
- 57-92 6.0 Seattle
- 59-91 7.5 Arizona
- 59-90 8.0 Baltimore
- 61-87 10.5 Kansas City
- 62-87 11.0 Cleveland/Washington
- 68-81 17.0 Chicago Cubs
- 69-79 18.5 Milwaukee
That’s about where the separation is enough for me. Pittsburgh seems to almost have it locked down. We are 2.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles and a half game in front of the Cleveland Indians. It’ll be interesting to see how the season winds down as the schedule does not favor the Orioles at all. Baltimore faces a tough 9 game road trip at Boston, Toronto, and Tampa before coming home to finish the season with 4 against Detroit.
Cleveland and the Royals have 4 games against each other in Cleveland which seems to push the remaining schedule for the two teams in favor of Cleveland. The Indians have 3 at Minnesota, 4 verse the Royals in the Jake, host Detroit for 3, and then finish in Chicago for a 3 game set versus the White Sox.
Kansas City faces two division top dogs as they finish up the year. This week features 3 at Detroit and the showdown in Cleveland. The Royals then host Minnesota for 3 and finish with the playoff racing Tampa Bay Rays and a four game set. Any hope to catch Seattle and Arizona might be squelched as Seattle has 9 road games and Arizona plays the surging Rockies and Giants. the road to the NL West might end up going through Arizona.