Few expected to see the Tampa Bay Rays commanding with such authority, which has reduced the fight predicted by Major League Baseball analysts to the wild cards.
Three teams in the division: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays are fighting an intense war to reach the postseason.
With two weeks to go until the regular round schedule ends, the battle is fought to the death.
The Red Sox appear in the best position at the moment, thanks to their 84-65 (.564) balance that has them escorting the Rays.
Those led by Alex Cora are 5-5 in the last 10 games. In the next few days they must play both games against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. They will then face the New York Mets, three against the Yankees and another three against Baltimore on Sept. 28-30 before closing with a three-game series in Washington.
The Yankees remain in danger of being left out of the playoffs. They have lost five times in the last 10 games and their record is 83-65 (.561).
Manager Aaron Boone’s group has these two games left against Cleveland, three games against the Texas Rangers, a series of three against Boston and one of three against Toronto that can be crucial and will end the year with three games against the Rays.
Toronto is the one that is closing with more force. Thanks to their devastating offense led by an inspired Vladimir Guerrero Jr., they have 7 wins in 10 games and have improved their balance to 82-65 (.558).
The final stretch of the calendar will see them play their way to the postseason with six games against the Minnesota Twins (two this weekend and four between September 23 and 26), three against Tampa Bay, all three games. they have with the Yankees and the three with whom they will close against Baltimore.