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After another week, there’s been some shifting. The Mets and Braves are opening a bit of space for themselves in the Wildcard race, while the Blue Jays are still trying to maintain their final spot. There’s more competition for the #1 spots, which is sure to make things fun. A few division have entertaining races for the lead as well, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, May 10 at 5:30pm:
Behind a four-game winning streak, the Cardinals are right back in the race for #1. They’ve gotten good pitching even without Chris Carpenter, and they’re about to get Lance Berkman back. If the Cardinals can keep things going like this, they’ll be a tough out.
The Nationals have lost three in a row, and haven’t done too well on the road so far. Not that the Dodgers have been impressive themselves, but they have Clayton Kershaw leading the pitching staff and triple crown contender Matt Kemp leading the offense, they have good potential.
The Braves have a recent sweep of Colorado, but have been hit or miss lately otherwise. The Mets have turned things around with five straight wins, including wins in games started by Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. With both teams in position to overtake Washington, New York has the momentum on their side.
Texas is back at #1 despite not playing to the best of their abilities as of late. But they still have a killer pitching staff and triple crown contender Josh Hamilton. They won’t go down easily.
The Rays have been very difficult this season. They’re an MLB-best 13-3 at home, which is bad news, even though Cleveland is 9-3 on the road. Tampa has a greater overall balance of talent, so they definitely have the potential to make a deep run.
The Orioles have lost two in a row (to Texas, though), but are still half a game behind Tampa. The Blue Jays just broke a three-game losing streak, which followed a four-game winning streak. The Orioles have done very well overall, and their 11-5 road record doesn’t hurt either.
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