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The week ahead in the wild-card race

08/12/2013 8:02 AM

08/11/2013 11:02 PM

OK, this is the third look at the wild-card race in about five days, so it’s much smaller than last week’s edition.

I put together a more comprehensive view of the contenders for Sunday’s paper and it can be found here on the blog, too.

Columnist extraordinaire Sam Mellinger did a much more nuanced, detailed report on the race earlier in the week, and I appropriated (stole) his idea to put the Baseball Prospectus playoff odds for each team. There’s a tie atop the wild-card standings, so there is an extra team in this week’s look.

Some enticing series are on tap. You’ve got A’s-Indians, Red Sox-Yankees, and oh by the way, there’s that five-game series between the Royals and Tigers in Detroit.

Should be a fun week.

RAYS (66-50)

• Playoff odds:

86.6 percent

• Last 10:

3-7

• Who’s hot:

Wil Myers’ .403 average over the month is the best in baseball.

• This week:

3 vs. Mariners, 3 vs. Blue Jays

A’S (66-50)

• Playoff odds:

74.5 percent

• Last 10:

3-7

• Who’s hot:

Josh Reddick hit five homers combined on Friday and Saturday.

• This week:

1 at Blue Jays, 3 vs. Astros, 3 vs. Indians

ORIOLES (65-52, 1.5 GB)

• Playoff odds:

29.5 percent

• Last 10:

6-4

• Who’s hot:

Adam Jones is batting .371 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in his last 23 games

• This week:

3 at Diamondbacks, 3 vs. Rockies

INDIANS (63-55, 4 GB)

• Playoff odds:

17.5 percent

• Last 10:

3-7

• Who’s hot:

Reliever Mark Rzepczynski hasn’t allowed a run in six outings since being acquired from the Cardinals.

• This week:

3 at Twins, 3 at A’s

ROYALS (61-54, 4.5 GB)

• Playoff odds:

5.9 percent

• Last 10:

7-3

• Who’s hot:

Eric Hosmer is batting .479 in his last seven games.

• This week:

3 vs. Marlins, 5 at Tigers

YANKEES (59-57, 7 GB)

• Playoff odds:

2.0 percent

• Last 10:

4-6

• Who’s hot:

Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .350 over his last six games.

• This week: 4 vs. Angels, 3 at Red Sox

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