To nobody's surprise, the New York Yankees are the cream of the crop so far in all of baseball, and seemingly in their rightful spot at the top of the American League East.
They're the only team in baseball with 28 wins on the road and at home, which is just a testament to the fact that they do, in fact, play consistent baseball wherever they play.
They've been led offensively by Robinson Cano, who is having a career (not to mention MVP-caliber) season, hitting .336 with 16 homers and 58 runs batted in.
Their 56 wins comes with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira having quiet, yet still productive seasons, and with a bullpen that, besides Mariano Rivera, is leaving Yankees fans with much to be desired. Of all the teams currently in a playoff spot, the Yankees have the highest bullpen ERA at 4.14.
Predicted Winner: Much to the dismay of the typical Yankees fan, I'm going to say that there won't be an 2010 AL East Champions banner hanging over Yankee Stadium.
The Tampa Bay Rays are now red-hot again, winning eight of 10 coming into the All-Star Break. They've been winning with their proven pitching, and their offense isn't too far behind the Bronx Bombers.
A couple things to note: The Rays have 12 games left against the league-worst Baltimore Orioles, while the Yankees only have six. Not to say those are automatic wins... but let's be honest, it's about as close as you can get.
Also, in the final week of the season, while the Yankees are in Toronto and Boston, two teams that won't make the playoffs but are still very good, the Rays will be at home against the Orioles, and then finish up in Kansas City.
If Tampa is ahead, or dangerously close going into that final week, they certainly will have the advantage. I'm calling Tampa on this one, but I won't be surprised if the Yankees win. Honestly, who would be?