It has been an exciting and profitable season at Charliessports.com. The playoffs are on the horizon, and things are heating up in both the American and National League.
The defending World Champions Kansas City Royals are all but out of the “RACE FOR OCTOBER.”
Kansas City is third in the American League Central Division, 9 and a half games out of the lead. Kansas City is chasing the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
Cleveland looks like they will represent the division but Detroit is just seven games back in the standings.
The Texas Rangers also has a nine and a half game lead in the American League West Division. Last season’s darlings Houston Astros are in a second-place tie with Seattle.
Houston didn’t get a dominating pitching performance from their “ACE” Daniel Keuchel this season. Keuchel did a masterful job leading the Astros to the ALCS in 2015.
The most disappointing team in the AL West are the Los Angeles Angels who will finish last in the division with one of the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball.
Management in Anaheim has their work cut out and will make some offseason moves to improve the roster.
The American League East is the most competitive division in all of the baseball. Boston is on top with a three-game lead over both Baltimore and Toronto.
The Red Sox have one of the most dangerous batting orders in the division. The Ageless one, David Ortiz “BIG POPPY” leads the team in hitting. The “BOSOX” have also straightened out their pitching rotation, something that has haunted them since the departure of Pedro Martinez.
Toronto also has a formidable batting lineup, but pitching has been suspect, down the stretch.
The Baltimore Orioles spent most of the regular season at the top but are now in a dogfight.
The National League East Division is all but in the bag for the Washington Nationals. The New York Mets and Miami Marlins are still in the wild card race with New York holding the edge in the National League.
Miami doesn’t have much room for error as we enter the stretch run of the 2016 season.
The Chicago Cubs are the most dominating team in all of Major League Baseball and holds the best record with ninety-five wins this season.
Manager Joe Madden has fans in the “WINDY CITY” believing the curse will soon be over.
The St.Louis Cardinals are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time in quite some time, but they are still in the race for a wildcard spot.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will most likely have to wait until next season, All-Star Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen had a bad season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are in a battle for supremacy in the NL West; the Dodgers hold a five-game lead, going into the final ten games of the regular season.
However, San Francisco has a few more games against the division leading Dodgers. The rest of the National League would love to see San Francisco eliminated from the postseason.
The Giants seem to thrive in October.
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