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MLB 2013 Playoff Race
The Boston Red Sox are currently sitting at the top of the Eastern Division of the American League right now, having won five of their last six games. They are perfectly poised to end a three year drought of missing the playoffs, no thanks in part to the arm of hitter David Ortiz, who hit his 500th career double last month. With this in mind, the chances of seeing the Red Sox in the playoffs are very high.
The Tampa Bay Rays are second in the division as of right now. Despite winning ninety games last year they failed to make the playoffs, but this year they are just as likely as the Red Sox to secure a spot as well, specifically as a Wild Card team. The team has been very consistent in winning their games this past July, compared to a very spotty June. Most of the success can be attributed to third baseman Evan Longoria, who leads the team with twenty-one home runs thus year.
As of now, the Baltimore Orioles are third in the division, having lost their last two games in the series against the Seattle Mariners. Like the Rays, the Orioles are also in prime position to qualify for the playoffs, making this the second year in a row that they have been able to do this. It is quite amazing to see how team manager Buck Showalter has slowly and steadily turned the team around in the last few seasons, after going the previous fourteen seasons with no playoff appearances. First basemen Chris Davis can also take credit for the team's success, leading both the team and the major leagues in total home runs which is aidng in the sale of Rays Tickets.
The Toronto Blue Jays are unfortunately in last place in the division and also are the only team that has a losing record in the division, too. It will take a lot of work from manager John Gibbons in order for the Blue Jays to make a Wild Card appearance, no thanks to starting off the month of August on a losing note.