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We’re halfway through May, and baseball is full of stories. The Yankees and Indians are up. The Red Sox and Rockies are down. New injuries are creeping up while others are healing. It’s very difficult for any team to get any sort of a niche for themselves, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, May 13 at 7:05pm:
The way the Cardinals have been playing, it’s hard to believe they don’t have 10 home wins yet. They have played mostly on the road so far, and they’re an MLB-best 14-7 away from home. St Louis can win anywhere, which is what makes them a very dangerous October team.
The Braves continue to struggle, losing their last three of four games in San Francisco. The Braves don’t even have a good lead in their own division anymore, and losing that much in the home of their potential opponent, San Francisco definitely has a big advantage.
The Pirates are a balanced team, while the Reds are much better at home. With the likes of Joey Votto slugging the ball around and Aroldis Chapman throwing heat at game’s end, Pittsburgh will likely needed to amp things up a bit and take an early lead if they want to move ahead.
Much like the Cardinals, the Rangers are loaded with talent and have shown an ability to easily win wherever they play. No more Josh Hamilton doesn’t seem to be worrying them, nor does losing Matt Harrison to injury. The Rangers are a deep team that will be tough to knock out.
The Yankees split a rare back-to-back double header with Cleveland Monday afternoon, which allows Detroit to be at #3. The AL Central as a whole is having a difficult time doing much, while the Yankees are just half a game behind Texas for #1 in the AL. Injuries have meant nothing to the Yankees this season, and Detroit will need far more than Justin Verlander to take them down.
While injuries aren’t hurting New York’s chances, Boston is plummeting after such a great start. They’re down two closers now, have been exhibiting very sloppy play as of late. Jon Lester has been throwing very well for the Red Sox this year, but if the offense doesn’t get swinging again, it won’t mean much against a Baltimore squad looking to continue last season’s very good run.