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American League Playoff Update: September 22, 2017

The Rangers are picking up steam

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

With the minor-league season 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

CLE 4, LAA 1

BAL 3, TB 1

KC 1, TOR 0

MIN 12, DET 1

CHW 3, HOU 1

TEX 4, SEA 2

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 100.00% 100.00%
Twins 73.30% 76.00%
Angels 14.70% 9.80%
Rangers 5.40% 10.40%
Royals 5.80% 3.20%
Rays 0.40% 0.30%
Mariners 0.30% 0.40%

Division Odds

Team Fangraphs Baseball Prospectus
Team Fangraphs Baseball Prospectus
Red Sox 91.80% 87.40%
Indians 100.00% 100%
Astros 100.00% 100%
Yankees 8.20% 12.40%
Twins 0.00% 0%
Angels 0% 0%
Mariners 0% 0%
Royals 0% 0%
Rangers 0% 0%

Playoff Picture Update

The AL wildcard race is getting less interesting by the day, and the Twins playing one of the worst teams in baseball this weekend is helping matters. Neither is the fact that the Angels just can’t get hot at the right time. A team that is starting to streak at the right time is the Rangers, who won their fourth straight on Thursday and are now tied with the Angels for the best team not in the playoffs. Both teams are trailing Minnesota by 2.5 games. Kansas City is 3.5 games back while both Seattle and Tampa Bay trail by five games. Over in the National League, a big series started on Thursday between Milwaukee and Chicago as the Cubs entered yesterday leading the Brewers by 3.5 games. The defending champs took the first game in extras, and Milwaukee really needs to take the next three to keep that division interesting. They also only trail Colorado by one game in the wildcard race.