The 2010 MLB season has not disappointed, as competition is fierce but so is disappointment.For playoff staples, like the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, things could not have gone any worse. As they say, “When it rains, it pours” and both the above two ball clubs will be noticeably absent. The presence of the Red Sox and Cardinals will be deeply missed, a true heartbreak for all fans of baseball.
So, which American League teams are in contention?
Legitimately, no team has clinched anything just yet and that needs to remain the mindset.
Every baseball fan witnessed the 2007 New York Mets lose 14 of 17 games, followed by losing the NL East and a spot in the playoffs. Say what you want about presumptions, but nothing is ever guaranteed and it only comes off as arrogant.
One team that looks sure to clinch is the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have zero competition in the AL West. Unless a Mets-like implosion is on the horizon, it’s the Rangers’ division to lose.
The remaining two divisions are all off to the races, literally.
In the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox picked up Manny Ramirez attempting to gain on the division-leading Minnesota Twins. The usually competitive Detroit Tigers have fallen out of the postseason talks, which gives the White Sox some breathing room to try.
Same old story in the AL East, except the Tampa Bay Rays are the new Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have been hit with an injury bug that hasn’t let up all season. Considering the situation up in Beantown, skipper Terry Francona should be the manager of the year for keeping his team in the hunt for so long.
As for the Rays, the New York Yankees will fight them till the end for the division. This is by far the tightest battle in baseball, but the wild card looks to be coming out of the AL East so both teams will most likely be in October.
AL East: New York Yankees
AL West: Texas Rangers
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays
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