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We’re now past Independence Day, and the All-Star votes are in as well. David Ortiz is the only Boston member on the AL squad, which may be hampering Boston’s spirits on their three-game losing streak. Still, other teams are having a good time, most notably new division leader Pittsburgh. The White Sox are also doing well with their new 3rd baseman Kevin Youkilis. It’s still a tough tournament, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, July 5, at 7:00pm:
The Nationals have won three games in a row, which also happens to be their lead of the NL. Washington has been right up there in the NL all season, and they have plenty of young pieces ready to go, giving the other 15 teams a tough task to defeat.
Three wins in a row have Pittsburgh at #2 and a game ahead of the NL Central. Los Angeles has won two straight, but before that they’ve been horrendous. Pittsburgh may not exactly be known for playing baseball in October, but they’re still doing much better lately than L.A.
Both teams have lost their last two, but the Reds embarrassed themselves against the struggling Dodgers. San Francisco still has plenty of talent to bring to bear against a Reds team having a rough time.
After another interesting series with divisional rival Tampa, the Yankees have reclaimed the AL on percentage points. They have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, and don’t look to be going away any time soon.
The Rangers have lost four in a row, including a three-game sweep most recently in Chicago. The first game of that series was a 19-2 drubbing. At this point, even though the next two games were one-run losses, Texas is reeling.
The Angels have lost two while the Orioles have won two, but winning against Seattle isn’t exactly much of a challenge. The Angels have still heated up lately, which makes them as dangerous as people thought they’d be before the season.
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