The MLB regular season has just under two months remaining, and playoff fever has infected everyone. We are at the point in the year where the fans are watching the standings like hawks circling prey, and the players are doing the same. We've got some tight races and, if current trends continue, they will come down to the wire.
In the AL East, the New York Yankees are currently in their usual fight to the death with the Boston Red Sox for first place in the division. Going into today, the Red Sox were in first place with a one-game lead over their arch rivals.
The same can be said in the AL West, where the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have stormed back to move within just one game of the defending American League champion Texas Rangers. These two teams may appear different on paper, but they are similar enough that this race is going to be a dog fight until the very end.
The two tightest races, however, are happening in the National League. The NL Central is down to the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals, with the Birds nipping at Milwaukee's heels. Even closer is the NL West race, where the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants are just half a game ahead of the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks.
Either way, no matter how the final standings end up, each of the teams in the aforementioned races (and some others) have a shot at making the World Series. Here are the odds for each.