The American League Wild Card standings have three teams separated by just two and a half games now. While the Tampa Bay Rays blew a chance to really catch up to the Boston Red Sox with two losses to the New York Yankees Wednesday, the Los Angeles Angels took a different route.
The new American League standings have Boston showing weaknesses. The team has lost seven of its last 10 games, and with just six games left on the season, Boston fans have been getting worried. The Angels and Rays each have seven games left, giving both teams time to catch the wild card leader. It's going to be tough though, because it means either team would need to win three more games than the Red Sox just to force a tie.
Boston has a very tough series against the New York Yankees this weekend before finishing up the season against the Baltimore Orioles. The Angels have to get past the Oakland Athletics this weekend before playing the Texas Rangers next week. Tampa Bay has to face off against Toronto Blue Jays before the Yankees come to town to close out the year. Both schedules are not favorable to the team trying to gain ground in the Wild Card race.
Common sense would dictate that the race is over in the American League, mostly because Tampa Bay couldn't hold a lead against the Yankees. The Angels just couldn't overcome a rough start to the season, and all of this leads to the Red Sox playing in the postseason once again. It would take an epic breakdown at this point for Boston to not make the postseason, and that is something that the city does not want to be associated with.
Are you also convinced the Wild Card race in the American League is over?