The American League East division of Major League Baseball is often referred to as the “dreaded division”. That’s because it contains a lot of strong teams. The race for the top spot in the division is fierce this season. As of the morning of the 21st, the Tampa Bay Rays (51-24) are leading the way, followed by the Baltimore Orioles (44-27). Below them are the New York Yankees (39-33), Toronto Blue Jays (39-35), and Boston Red Sox (38-35).
All five teams have a winning percentage over .500. Tampa Bay has the best winning percentage in the majors (.680), making them the favorite to win the district. Baltimore is also in the thick of the wild-card race with a solid offense. The Yankees, Toronto, and Boston should realistically be in the hunt for a wild card. All three teams are within 1.5 games of each other.
Recently, the Yankees and Toronto have faltered and Boston has rebounded. The Yankees and Toronto are just 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Yankees have lost four in a row and Toronto has lost three in a row. Meanwhile, Boston has pulled even, going 7-3 in their last 10 games, including a five-game winning streak.
The Yankees are the team that has faltered the most. They’re in crisis mode after losing “Home Run King” Aaron Judge to injury. Without him, they were swept by Boston and have lost four straight. Toronto also struggled, and while they remained in third place, the gap between them and last-place Boston has shrunk to 1.5 games. The Rays remain in a precarious third place in the wild-card race, but are being pushed by the Houston Astros (39-34), Toronto, and Boston.
Jersey, who won the home run title last season, was injured on April 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers after making a difficult catch on a J.D. Martinez line drive. He leaped and made a good catch on Martinez’s fly ball to right field, but crashed into the right field bullpen netting, catching his foot on the concrete under the door and injuring a toe muscle in the process. He was eventually placed on the disabled list.
With the Yankees faltering, Toronto and Boston are taking advantage. Toronto is pinning its hopes on Ryu’s return. The key is to stay in the race until July, when Ryu is expected to return. Boston has been playing well lately as they’ve regained their batting form. The plan is to capitalize on the momentum and move ahead of Toronto and the Yankees in the wild card race.스포츠토토
The season is now halfway through. The battle for the AL East is likely to intensify in the second half of the season.