Every MLB team has played at least 40 games and the race for division crowns and wild-card spots in this year's playoffs are starting to take shape. Here is the latest standings in baseball and a closer look at the playoff rankings in both leagues.
Baltimore (27-15) has taken over the best record in the AL as the Orioles have won 7 of their last ten games. The biggest surprise is the team is now 15-6 on the road and 13-7 against rival teams in the AL East. Tampa Bay (25-17) is just two games back as the pitching for the Rays have kept the team in games all season and Toronto (23-19) have joined the race despite a 6-10 record against teams in the East.
Cleveland leads the AL Central as the Indians (23-18) are the only team over .500. The biggest concern for the team is their home record of 11-12 as that could cost the Tribe later in the baseball season.
Texas (26-16) was looking like the runaway winner in the AL West, but the Rangers have stumbled over the last two weeks and Oakland (21-21) has moved to within 5 games with some good play over that same time.
The LA Dodgers (28-13) now have the best record in baseball and a big seven game lead in the NL West. San Francisco (21-20) is now in second place and the Giants are finally getting the pitching they need to move up and catch Los Angeles.
The tightest race in baseball is in the NL East where the Atlanta Braves (26-16) have overtaken the Washington Nationals (24-17) this week and have a 1.5 games lead. New York (22-19) and Miami (22-19) are also playing good ball lately and have moved to within 2.5 games of first place.
St Louis (22-19) have led the NL Central all season, but the Cardinals have won just two of their last ten games and Cincinnati (21-19) has taken advantage of the situation and moved to just .5 games for the division lead.
The races are getting tighter in the MLB as summer approaches and that will give fans of teams all across the nation some excitement as the weather begins to warm.