With the close of the 2012 MLB season quickly approaching, several teams are still in the hunt for post-season play. The race in the American League is particularity close as all three divisions are still up for grabs.
The Texas Rangers (84-57) are the top team in the AL, but the biggest surprise is Oakland (81-60) now has the second best record and the A's are leading the chase for one of the two wild card spots in this year's post-season. The AL East has the NY Yankees (79-62) and Baltimore Orioles (79-62) tied at the top, but Tampa Bay (77-64) is just two games back and one of these three teams will likely miss the playoffs. The battle for the AL Central crown is down to just 2 teams and the Chicago White Sox (76-65) are leading Detroit (74-67) by just two games.
The National League is not so close as all three division leaders have at least a six game lead. Washington (88-54) has the best overall record in baseball and will play the rest of the season looking for home field advantage. Atlanta (81-62) trails the Nationals by 7.5 games, but the Braves are leading the race for a wild-card spot. Cincinnati (86-57) and San Francisco (80-62) are the other two division leaders in the NL, but the real race is for that second wild-card spot as six teams are vying for that final ticket to this year's playoffs with St Louis (75-67) leading the charge.
MLB fans are in for a terrific time over the last few weeks of the season, especially those who are fans of the teams still trying to make the post-season. With the start of football taking the spotlight off of baseball, ratings and fan interest have remained high and that is good for the sport.