Chicago Cubs: Boston getting favored by weak American League?
One could argue that the Red Sox, like in this Forbes piece, are on such a hot streak because from top to bottom the AL is very top-heavy while the NL is competitive, as a whole.
This season, four teams are on pace for 95 losses or more. The Kansas City Royals and Orioles are a combined 3-19 against Boston. Both of those teams are on pace for more than 110 losses.
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Besides the AL West, each division is set for the postseason it seems. The only team in the AL that’s on the outside looking in is the Seattle Mariners and that’s for the final wild card spot. The Cleveland Indians haven’t been challenged all season in the AL Central with three teams 20 or more games behind them.
Meanwhile in the NL, the standings could change with one bad week from any given team. A month and a half ago, most thought the St. Louis Cardinals were selling at the trade deadline after moving Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays but they suddenly own the top NL Wild Card spot after a hot start to the second half of the season.
The NL West is wide open in a three team race and the NL East has been a surprise with the Washington Nationals plummeting while the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies have battled for the top spot all season long.
Then there is the Cubs, who like I stated, have been on a roller coaster because of the latter three issues stated above, yet have the best record in the NL and lead the NL Central.