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American League Playoff Update: September 16, 2017

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The Indians finally lose, the Angels pull closer

MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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

NYY 8, BAL 2

KC 4, CLE 3

HOU 5, SEA 2

TOR 4, MIN 3

BOS 13, TB 6

LAA 7, TEX 6

Division Odds

Team Fangraphs Baseball Prospectus
Team Fangraphs Baseball Prospectus
Red Sox 88.10% 76.70%
Indians 100.00% 100%
Astros 100.00% 100%
Yankees 11.90% 23.30%
Twins 0.00% 0%
Angels 0% 0%
Mariners 0% 0%
Royals 0% 0%
Rangers 0% 0%

Playoff Odds

Team Fangraphs Baseball Prospectus
Team Fangraphs Baseball Prospectus
Red Sox 100.00% 100.00%
Indians 100.00% 100.00%
Astros 100.00% 100.00%
Yankees 99.60% 99.80%
Twins 63.10% 77.30%
Angels 25.80% 11.00%
Mariners 5.30% 6.10%
Royals 4.10% 1.10%
Rangers 1.00% 2.60%

Playoff Picture

The big headline around the league from Friday night’s action was that the Indians finally lost a game, snapping their 22-game win streak. While that is obviously a big deal, it doesn’t have much effect on the playoff race. On that front, the AL wildcard got a little more interesting with the Twins losing. The Angels and Royals were able to take advantage of that, with the former pulling to within two games in the standings. Meanwhile, the Red Sox kept their three-game lead in the division and remain five back in the race for the two seed in the AL.