For most of the season, either the New York Yankees or the Tampa Bay Rays have had the best record in baseball. It's August 23rd, and not much has changed since May.
The Yankees stand a game up in the AL East, with a 77-47 record. The Rays are right behind them at 76-48. The teams have the best and second best records in baseball, as well as the best and second best run differentials in the majors.
But this isn't just a three team race. While the Rays and Yankees remain favorites, the Red Sox are still within striking distance, just 6.5 games out. If they can climb back into things, the AL East will be a three team race for just two playoff spots.
What players will have the biggest impact in determining the fate of these three teams? Let's take a look.