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.
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Should be a fun week.
86.6 percent• Last 10:
Wil Myers’ .403 average over the month is the best in baseball.• This week:
3 vs. Mariners, 3 vs. Blue JaysA’S (66-50)
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. IndiansORIOLES (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. RockiesINDIANS (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’sROYALS (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 TigersYANKEES (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