2017 MLB Playoff Picture Update, July 13
How would the MLB playoffs look if the season ended today?
First comes the All-Star Game, and then comes the first 2017 MLB playoff picture bracket.
Major League Baseball’s regular season is over half completed. During the next two and a half months, windows will open and close for a number of teams. The games remaining whittle down to zero, and a league of 30 becomes ten.
We are at the stage when we already know a handful of teams have no shot. Yes, that includes the Phillies, Giants, Padres, and Athletics. Hate to break it to any more optimistic fans, but it ain’t happening this year. Most of the other teams are in the race, well ahead, or barely registering a pulse.
2017 MLB Playoff Picture Update: American League
The constant in the AL playoff picture will be the Houston Astros as the number one seed. Everything else is up in the air.
That means the AL East, AL Central, and both wild cards are matters of debate. Boston leads the Yankees and Rays by 3.5 games in the East. Cleveland is up 2.5 in the Central. New York and Tampa Bay are tied for the wild card, and their lead is a game over Minnesota. Whereas the National League contenders are spaced out, most of the AL teams have competition.
If the season ended today, the Yankees and Rays would meet for the right to face Houston. Cleveland and Boston would meet in a 2016 ALDS rematch.