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American League Playoff Update: September 12, 2017

A look at how Monday affected the postseason race.

With the minor-league season (essentially) over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender.

Scores

TOR 4, BAL 3

CLE 11, DET 0

NYY 5, TB 1

TEX 5, SEA 3

CHW 11, KC 3

Playoff Picture

Not a whole lot changed on Monday, though the Indians did win again, giving them a whopping nineteen straight wins. That’s bananas, and I can’t possibly add any more analysis to that. They may never lose again. Meanwhile, Red Sox fans will be upset to see the Yankees won again on Monday, and they are hot in their own right. New York has won seven of their last ten and now just trail by three games in the AL East. The Red Sox could really use a strong series against Oakland this week. Houston had the day off on Monday, so Boston remains five games behind them for the second seed in the American lead while Cleveland leads them by 1.5 in the race for the top seed. Minnesota still holds the second spot in the wildcard race, leading the Angels by one game.