Monday, July 15th, 2013

If the 2013 Postseason Started Today

While the annual All-Star Game signifies the ceremonial midway point of the Major League Baseball season, every team has technically played more than half of their regular season games. During the first two months of the season, April and May, standings generally don't mean too much. As teams move into June trends begin to emerge. Which teams are overachieving? Which teams have fallen behind? Have injuries taken a toll? In July, division standings become extremely relevant.

With two and a half months to play, these standings could offer a glimpse at the October landscape. So, if the season ended today, here's how the playoff picture would look. Are your favorites teams listed?

National League

Eastern Division Champion

Atlanta Braves (2012 wild card team)

Central Division Champion
St. Louis Cardinals (2012 wild card team)

Western Division Champion
Arizona Diamondbacks (third place in the NL West in 2012)

NL Wild Card
Pittsburgh Pirates (fourth place in the NL Central in 2012)
Cincinnati Reds (2012 NL Central champions)

American League

Eastern Division Champion

Boston Red Sox (last place in the AL East in 2012)

Central Division Champion
Detroit Tigers (2012 AL pennant winner)

Western Division Champion
Oakland Athletics (2012 AL West champions)

AL Wild Card
Tampa Bay Rays (third place in the AL East in 2012)
Texas Rangers (AL wild card in 2012)


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