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If the Playoffs Started Today – MLB Week 8

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May is almost over already, yet there is no shortage of action. Cleveland is starting to come back down to Earth. The Red Sox and Yankees are back in firm control of the AL East. Texas’ recent losing streak is making things interesting in the AL. Cincinnati is the second-best team in the majors, but right now they would merely host the Wildcard playoff game. Atlanta and Arizona are finding their ways again. With so much going on, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, May 28 at 7:05pm:

National League

#1 St Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals just keep going. In fact, they haven’t lost multiple games in a row in all of May. With their abilities they’ve shown so far, St Louis has definitely established themselves as the team to beat.

#2 Atlanta Braves vs #3 Arizona Diamondbacks

Both teams have done well lately, reestablishing themselves in their respective divisions. Arizona was especially impressive in sweeping a doubleheader against Texas, but even with their stretch of troubles, Atlanta is still 15-5 at home, the best mark in baseball. If Atlanta can keep this recent hot streak up, they should be fine.

#W1 Cincinnati Reds vs #W2 Pittsburgh Pirates

Cincinnati is the second-best team in baseball, and Pittsburgh is only a game behind. Both teams are clearly good, but Pittsburgh has had trouble keeping up hot starts in recent years. Both teams have been noticeably better at home this year, which is another reason to favor the Reds.

American League

#1 Texas Rangers

Texas has hit a bit of a roadblock in Arizona, which makes their sweep of Boston earlier in the season pretty important now. Despite their three-game losing streak, Texas still has loads of talent, and are still a favorite in the AL.

#2 Boston Red Sox vs #3 Detroit Tigers

Boston has been streaky this season, but when they’re on, they’re on. Meanwhile, Detroit has ridden a two-game sweep of Cleveland (not to mention Cleveland losing three of four in Boston including two late chokes) to a healthy AL Central lead. Justin Verlander has had a few rough games, but is still as great as ever, and Victory Martinez is healthy for Detroit, but with them being a .500 road team, Boston should be able to come out on top as long as they don’t lose their recent momentum.

#W1 New York Yankees vs #W2 Oakland Athletics

Despite losing Curtis Granderson (again), the Yankees aren’t too worse for the wear, still in their at 30-20. However, the Athletics have won four straight and nine of ten. That includes taking two of three, including a shutout, over Texas. The Yankees have slipped behind Boston in the division after becoming a .500 team, and with these two as good as they are, this one could easily come down to New York’s health, and whether or not they can keep this up for a full season with a lot of bench guys in the field.

What Might Change Next Week:

  • With Boston visiting the Yankees late in the week, the Sox have eyes on #1 in the AL. New York could do the same, if they manage to somehow reverse Boston’s momentum.

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