Generally, pennant races aren’t decided in July, but this weekend could go a long way in helping to decide the fates of 10 MLB teams.
In five separate series starting on Friday night, we will get a look at division matchups that could go a long way in determining the fates of each team for the final two-plus months of the season.
Three of the matchups feature first- and second-place teams going at each other, and one in particular—Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers—could determine a new leader in the AL Central by late Sunday afternoon.
The two other series could determine whether or not teams involved in the matchups are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.
Here is a look at the five matchups.