The 2012 MLB season is nearing the end as teams have around 35 games remaining on the regular season schedule, but the good news for baseball and its fans are 16 teams are still in the running for the post season and the race in several divisions have tightened over the last week.
The Texas Rangers (75-52) have regained the top spot in the American League as the team has won seven of their last 10 to overtake the NY Yankees (74-53). Texas has a 5.5 games lead in the AL West over the surprising Oakland As (69-57) and are looking to win home field advantage with a solid ending to the season.
The Yankees are still leading the AL East, but Tampa Bay (70-57) and Baltimore (69-57) are right on their heels for the division crown. The Rays, Orioles, and As are all tied for the two American League wild-card spots, but Detroit and the LA Angles are all within striking distance.
Chicago (71-55) has won six straight and the White Sox have opened a 2.5 game lead over the Tigers (69-58). With all the other teams in the AL Central out of contention, this battle could come down to the final week of the regular season.
The big news in baseball is in the National League as the Washington Nationals (77-50) and Cincinnati Reds (77-52) are battling for the top spot in baseball. Washington is holding a 4.5-game advantage over Atlanta (73-55) in the NL East, but recent injuries could hurt the club's chances of having the best overall record in baseball.
The Reds have opened a commanding six game lead over St Louis (70-57) in the Central, but both the Cardinals and Braves are holding the two NL wild-card spots and could make some noise come the post-season.
The big news in baseball came out West this week as the LA Dodgers (69-59) acquired All-Star Adrian Gonzalez from Boston, but the team is still trailing San Francisco (71-57) by two games. These two teams still have six games remaining against each other, making for a very intriguing race down the stretch of the 2012 MLB season.