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Wild card focus moves to Kansas City and St. Pete

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 16, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Unless you think the Indians can make a run at the Tigers in the Central, none of the American League division races provide much intrigue these final two weeks. But the wild card race is fascinating with two key games being played tonight, matching up four of the six teams that are still in the race. There’s no Yankees game, but games in St. Petersburg and Kansas City will shape the standings. Here’s what the wild card race looks like heading into these final two weeks.

RAYS
Record: 81-67
Currently: Tied for wild card lead
Tonight: 7:10 first pitch vs. Rangers
Not an easy schedule for the Rays going forward, and tonight’s head-to-head matchup means someone will take sole possession of the top wild card spot.
Remaining schedule
Four vs. Rangers
Four vs. Orioles
Three at Yankees
Three at Blue Jays

RANGERS
Record: 81-67
Currently: Tied for the wild card lead
Tonight: 7:10 first pitch at Rays
The Rangers have lost their grip on the American League West, letting the A’s take a sizeable lead in the division. A loss tonight could put them a half game out of the second wild card spot.
Remaining schedule
Four at Rays
Three at Royals
Three vs. Astros
Four vs. Angels

INDIANS
Record: 81-68
Currently: A half-game out of the wild card
Tonight: 8:10 first pitch at Royals
Although the Royals are still in the wild card mix, the Indians schedule looks pretty easy the rest of the way. Their path to the postseason might actually be easier than anyone else on this list.
Remaining schedule
Three at Royals
Four vs. Astros
Two vs. White Sox
Four at Twins

ORIOLES
Record: 79-70
Currently: Two and a half game out of the wild card
Tonight: Off day
Two teams in the wild card hunt are idle tonight — the Yankees and the Orioles. Tomorrow, the O’s open a three-game series in Boston, beginning a tough schedule down the stretch.
Remaining schedule
Three at Red Sox
Four at Rays
Three vs. Blue Jays
Three vs. Red Sox

YANKEES
Record: 79-71
Currently: Three games out of the wild card
Tonight: Off day
There is opportunity down the stretch with nine games against last place teams and three games against a team the Yankees need to beat to make a run. Not in a good spot, but the schedule provides some opportunity.
Remaining schedule
Three at Blue Jays
Three vs. Giants
Three vs. Rays
Three at Astros

ROYALS
Record: 78-71
Currently: Three and a half games out of the wild card/
Tonight: 8:10 first pitch vs. Royals
If the Yankees are still in the mix, then the Royals are certainly still in the mix. With a win tonight, Kansas City would actually be tied with the Yankees heading into Tuesday.
Remaining schedule
Three vs. Indians
Three vs. Rangers
Three at Mariners
Four at White Sox

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