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Nearly 100 games have been played. The largest division lead is 4.0 games, and half of the six divisions are led by no more than 1.5 games. For a brief moment, the Pirates were actually leading the NL Central, which shows how surprising this season has been. Trade talks have been heating up in advance of the deadline, and some big moves have already been made. How might all of this shake up the standings? Let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, July 18, before the day’s games:
Both teams are very close. Both are 7-3 in their last 10. Both have comfortable leads in their division/Wildcard races. In what should be a tight series, pitching will decide things. And right now, San Francisco has the clear edge over Atlanta.
Cleveland is continuing to have a rough time of things in their race with Detroit. Despite the pitchers’ dual, the Red Sox continue to have an incredibly potent offense, and get good pitching from time to time. Cleveland, though, won’t be able to capitalize on that weak point enough to win.