With just three weeks left in the MLB regular season the Tampa Bay Rays are making a push for the AL wild-card spot as they have won their last four games and have now moved to within 3.5 games of the Boston Red Sox, who have gone 2-8 in their last 10 games.
The NY Yankees (88-57) have opened a 3.5 games lead over the Red Sox (85-61) during their bad play of the last two weeks and have a seven game lead over the Rays (81-64) in the AL East.
Detroit (84-62) is the hottest team in baseball as the Tigers have won nine straight games and have opened a double-digit games lead over Chicago and Cleveland in the AL Central. The Tigers' late-season push has put the team in the race for the best record in the American league as they trail the Yankees by 4.5 games.
The AL West is still alive as the Texas Rangers (83-64) lead the LA Angels (80-66) by just 2.5 games. The Rangers have gone 30-15 against teams in the AL West and that has been the difference as the Angels are just 24-24 in the division.
Philadelphia (94-49) continues to have the best record in the MLB and the Phillies have opened a big 12-game lead in the NL East. The Atlanta Braves (84-63) have struggled of late and now have a battle on their hands for the NL wild-card as the St. Louis Cardinals have pulled to within 4.5 games.
The Cardinals (79-67) have won five straight to get back in the playoff race, but they still trail first place Milwaukee by six games in the NL Central. The Brewers have the best home record in baseball and will be tough come playoff time.
Arizona (85-62) has played terrific baseball over the last month and the Diamondbacks have pulled away in the NL West as they now have an 8.5 games lead over the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants (76-70).
Arizona, Milwaukee, and Detroit have been great stories this year, and it just proves that talent and scouting can overcome money in baseball. Small market teams are at a disadvantage, but teams like these give fans all over the MLB hope for their team come next spring.