And just like that, the Major League season is 1/4th complete. With the season compressed into 66 days – and assuming we actually make it to late September – each 22 day-stretch is the equivalent of two months of a regular 162-game season. So this week, is Aug. 10-14 and the last week of May. And with the season in full swing, we continue taking a daily look at the MLB Standings on Aug 10, how we got here, and what lies ahead in the pennant races.
Aug 10 MLB Standings Review
The closets race resides in the AL Central, where the Detroit Tigers are surprisingly standing toe-to-toe with division favorites Minnesota and Cleveland. The Twins lead by a half-game over both the Tigers and Indians, who are getting manager Terry Francona back after missing a week with gastrointestinal issues, something that has plagued Francona going all the way back to his Red Sox days a decade ago.
The Rockies continue to cling to a half-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West, while the Padres, who set a franchise record with six home runs in a home game on Sunday, travel up the I-5 to face the Dodgers for the second time in as many weeks. Thanks in large part to Sunday’s eruption and the emerging superstardom of shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., the time is now for the Padres to make a statement in the division after more than a decade of irrelevancy.
The brawling Oakland A’s have opened up a five-game lead in the AL West, the biggest division advantage of the six, and they can keep their good times rolling with a visit to Anaheim to take on the reeling Angels.