The 2019 Major League Baseball season is at the halfway mark, and the All-Star break is this week, so let’s take a look at where everything stands at the moment. We will begin with the American League.
In the East, the Yankees have overcome a lot of early-season injuries and currently sit at 57-29, which is good for the league’s best record at the moment. After a hot start, the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting at 50-39, and fading a little bit here as of late. The Boston Red Sox are holding steady at 47-41. They have the look of a second-half explosion in them. At the bottom of this division are the Toronto Blue Jays at 33-56 and the Baltimore Orioles at 26-61.
In the Central, the Twins have come back down to earth after their scorching hot start. They currently sit at 55-32, and their lead is down to 6.5 games, half of what it was a few weeks ago. The Cleveland Indians are 48-38, and getting warm. The Trevor Bauer trade rumors have quieted for the moment. The Chicago White Sox are 41-43 and right on track to finish exactly where we thought they would. The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are holding up the caboose at 28 and 30 wins for the season respectively.
Out West, the Houston Astros have grabbed hold of the division after a rocky start, currently sitting at 55-33. In second place is the Oakland Athletics at 49-40, who is warming up after a rough first two months to their season. In third place stands the story of the season, the Texas Rangers, at 47-40. At some point, the Rangers will fade. Right behind the Rangers are the Los Angeles Angels at 45-44, and now have to play the rest of the season with heavy hearts after the death of Tyler Skaggs last week. In last place stand the Seattle Mariners, who got off to a hot start and have gone backward ever since.
In the East, the Atlanta Braves have ascended to the top of this division, currently sitting with a record of 53-36. The Philadelphia Phillies are 46-42, 6.5 games back of the Braves. Right behind them are the Washington Nationals who sit at 45-42, and have had as up and down of a season as any team could have to this point. After a solid start, the New York Mets are fading and currently sit at 39-49. In last place as expected are the Miami Marlins at 32-54.
The NL Central is the toughest division in either league. The difference between first and last place is a mere four games. Currently sitting on top are the Milwaukee Brewers at 47-42, who still need to find another starting pitcher somewhere. Right behind them are the 46-42 Cubs, who are struggling as of late. Those pesky St. Louis Cardinals are right there at 44-32, and they are another team that just smells of second-half explosion. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds have been trading places all season, and they both currently sit 4 games back, the Pirates with 42 wins and the Reds with 41.
Out West, the Los Angeles Dodgers own the best record in either league at 60-30 and are 14.5 games ahead. Barring a miracle of epidemic proportions, they have this division won already. In second place are the Colorado Rockies sitting at 44-33, who have climbed out of an early season disaster to enter the Wild Card race. The Arizona Diamondbacks are right behind them at 44-45, and a lot of people are still waiting on their big fade in the standings. The San Diego Padres are 43-45 and have yet to put it all together this season. The San Fransisco Giants are 39-48, and need to be getting ready to unload some of where high-priced players between now and the trade deadline.