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After three weeks of the season, Milwaukee and Oakland are still ruling the roost, while the AL East and Central divisions both have 2.5 games between top and bottom. Other than the League leaders, no clear contenders have emerged yet. Though the teams people though would do well are starting to sift their way up the standings. It’s a critical time for building momentum as the season’s first month comes to a close, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Monday, April 21 at 7:05pm:
Milwaukee‘s hot streak continues, including a benches clearing brawl against Pittsburgh. Milwaukee is 9-1 in their first 10 road games, which will be very dangerous for whoever draws them in the postseason. Despite the rumble against the Pirates, it’s a good time to be a Brewer.
It took the Dodgers until now to be .500 at home, thanks to the lowly Diamondbacks. They’ve done well enough on the road to not be entirely worried about it, though. Atlanta is just half a game ahead, but has lost just one series so far. Atlanta is doing well, but assuming the Puig scandal doesn’t take away ability from LA, the Dodgers will put up a fight.
These two and the Giants are still in a three-way tie for the Wildcards. The Cardinals split a four-game series in Washington, and thanks to Milwaukee leading the division, is flying fairly well under the radar. The Nationals have some health issues, which could hurt against the ever dangerous Cardinals, but if they’re healthy, with Stephen Strasburg pitching, look out.
Oakland is continuing their charge forward, 2.5 games ahead of their closest competition in the AL already. Other teams are starting to gain momentum, but Oakland is still the one in the AL to make more, louder noise than all the rest.
Detroit used the Angels to remain stable, but still has only nine wins. New York has had four more games to get to 11, but still. Ivan Nova is now out for the Yankees with elbow problems; New York just can’t seem to stay completely healthy. At least their key bats are in tact, because with Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander taking up three of five games in a first-round series, New York will need everything they can muster.
The Rangers are in a good position, but could still stand to build some room. Kansas City is in the middle of a logjam at the moment for the other spot, and are also just a game behind Detroit in their division. Texas is used to success in recent years, unlike KC, though, and made multiple moves in the offseason with the sole purpose of getting back to (and winning) the World Series.
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB Playoffs, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals