The MLB wild card standings for 2012 have a new team at the top of the heap when it comes to the American League. After a nice 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday (August 12), the Tampa Bay Rays are now the AL wild card leaders.
Tampa Bay has won six straight games, improving their record to 62-52 on the season. The other hot team is also from the AL East, as the Baltimore Orioles hold on to the second wild card spot now. Both the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels had rough weekends, giving up ground to both the Texas Rangers and several other wild card contenders.
Oakland is now half a game back from the second spot, the Detroit Tigers are 1 game back and the Angels are 2 games back. Fading from view are the Boston Red Sox at 5 1/2 games back and the Toronto Blue Jays at 7 1/2 games back.
Over in the National League, the Atlanta Braves (66-48) and Pittsburgh Pirates (64-50) are the two clear leaders in the wild card race. The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals are the only other two teams realistically still in the race and they are each 2 1/2 games back from Pittsburgh.
As the middle of August hits, it is becoming clear that both leagues could be in for some competitive races down the stretch.
Which teams do you think will end up winning the 2012 MLB wild card standings? Can a team like the Boston Red Sox still get back in the hunt?