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Three teams left for two spots in American League

Sep 26, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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Not only were the Yankees eliminated on Wednesday, but with the Rays and Indians both prevailing, the Orioles and Royals were likewise ruled out of the wild card chase, leaving only the Rangers in position to possibly overtake the top two in the hunt.

The up-to-the-minute standings:

Rays: 89-69
Indians: 88-70
Rangers: 87-71

All three teams have a full slate remaining. The Rays finish up their series with the Yankees on Thursday, while the Indians and Rangers begin four-game series. The Indians will travel to Minnesota, and the Rangers will host the Angels. The Rays finish up with three games in Toronto.

The schedule, which has been very kind to Cleveland of late, doesn’t seem to particularly favor any of the teams this weekend. The Twins are the weakest of the opponents, but it helps that they’ll be at home. The Indians are just 37-40 on the road this year, compared to 51-30 at home. They’re 9-6 in 15 games against the Twins.

The Rangers are an impressive 11-4 against the Angels. They’re 42-35 at home.

The Rays are 10-6 against the Blue Jays and 38-39 on the road.

All things considered, one probably has to prefer the chances of the teams currently in the drivers seats. The Rangers aren’t playing well enough to make a four-game sweep seem at all likely, and if they merely go 3-1 against the Angels, they’ll be lucky to gain the ground needed to force a one-game playoff.

 

  1. arkyhalo - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Alright Angels, it’s been a long frustrating season, but you have the power to keeo the Rangers out of the postseason!

    • jarathen - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      There is no sweeter salve for a lost season than giving the Rangers October off.

      • rollinghighwayblues - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

        Amen, jarethen, amen.

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      First thing I thought of when I saw this. It won’t make up for the year, but it would certainly be nice.

      • moogro - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Probably the best spoiler motivation scenario.

  2. Kevin Gillman - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Remember Josh all of the boos you heard earlier in Arlington. Channel that and lead a barrage of attacks, scoring runs early, and easy. You guys can take 3 of 4 to the Rangers.

    Let’s go Angels!!

  3. lewp - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Yeah, I hope all you Angels fans count on Josh once again to let you down when it counts..Go Rangers.

  4. jdillydawg - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:50 AM

    I really don’t want to see the Rangers make it. Limping in like that, I can only think they’ll go out early.

    Then again, that could make betting a whole lot easier…

    Go Angels. Win four for the Gipper. Or something like that.

  5. alexo0 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    2nd WC has made the playoff races somewhat anitclimactic this year. The way Texas is playing as well makes this particular race kind of boring.

    • mikeinthevine - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      It’s boring unless you’re a fan of one of the teams that still has a shot to get in.

    • phipfwe76 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      Couldn’t agree more. Think how awesome this weekend’s Pirates-Reds series could have been if both teams were fighting for one spot, instead of knowing these games will be meaningless.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        If Reds sweep series, then Pittsburgh has to play in Cincinnati on Tuesday, rather than Pittsburgh. That has to count for something.

    • jarathen - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Each year will be different in how it shakes out; there’s no perfect solution there.

      It’s just unfortunate that there really aren’t any division titles up for grabs; the race for one-and-done just isn’t as inspiring as a race to take the divisional crown.

  6. babybull12 - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Keep Chris Perez off the mound!!!!!!!!!!!

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