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Now that August is over and done with, time is starting to run out on teams to make a run. The elimination numbers are large enough for now, but we’re getting a good idea of who might have a chance of making it in. Now that September is almost upon us, many teams are starting to shape their rosters for what is to come, including getting the ever-important #1 seed, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Friday, August 31 at 7:45pm:
The Nationals are still on top, but only by percentage points over Cincinnati. They’re starting to recover from a five-game losing streak, and they’ll have to keep things up if they want to hold the Reds off. They have the tools to do so, certainly, but with both so close, shutting Strasburg down could be the wrong move at such a pivotal moment.
Atlanta hasn’t exactly been too good lately, but St. Louis is on a three-game losing streak. Those losses have been to two good teams in Washington and Pittsburgh, St. Louis can’t go far in the playoffs if they’re having trouble with good teams.
Texas maintains a two-game lead over New York and a four-game lead over Oakland, despite the A’s six-game winning streak. That goes to show you the talent pool Texas has, especially with Josh Hamilton playing for his next big contract this off-season.
The Yankees are in a bit of a rough patch at the wrong time in the season. At least they have CC Sabathia back, but they still have a ways to go to make it to the World Series. Chicago is equipped well enough to pull off the upset if they catch New York on a bad day or two.
The Athletics have all the momentum going for them right now with six straight victories. The Orioles aren’t too far behind in recent history, but the home field advantage and in tact winning streak do belong to Oakland.
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