Thursday, August 11, 2011

Looking at the AL Wild Card Race

Down to around the 20 game mark left in the season and the AL Wild Card Race is getting tight. There are five teams within six games of each other and Baltimore is at 1o back. With that big of a margin, the Orioles are most likely out of it, unless they go on the greatest run in the history of baseball. So, with that being said, let's look at the five teams gunning for the two wildcard spots.

* Texas Rangers - The Rangers are sitting at 78-62 and two games up on Kansas City for the first wildcard spot as of this post. The Ranger are currently in Detroit finishing up a series and will then travel to Minnesota for a three game set, before going back home to Arlington for a 14 game home stand. They finish the season with three games at Tampa Bay.

* Kansas City Royals - The Royals are 76-64 and two games behind Texas, but also two games up on Colorado and Anaheim and four up on Oakland for the last wildcard spot. The Royals schedule isn't as kind as the Rangers though, as they will play 13 of their last 22 games away from Kauffman Stadium.

* Colorado Rockies - While Kansas City might not have the most ideal situation to end their season, the Rockies have really been hit hard by the schedule fairy. The Rockies will play their final 17 games of the season on the road!

* Anaheim Angels - The Angels have almost the reverse fortune of the Rockies with a solid dose of home games. After they finish their current series in Kansas City, the Angels will find themselves at home for 14 games. They will then head to Seattle for three games before coming back home to wrap up the season against Colorado.

* Oakland Athletics - The A's are holding on by the slimmest of margins right now, but with a series against the Angels, in Anaheim, quickly coming up, the A's will know their fate for the season. The A's have an even split of home and away games to finish the season with 10 each. The bad news for the A's is that they are currently 3 games under .500 on the road.

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