As the hunt for October continues, a few division races are also continuing to heat up. From the NL West race between the Giants and Dodgers to the NL East race between the Phillies and Braves. These are just a few examples but the race for October baseball is on. Let’s check out the best division races in baseball as the regular season nears its end.
1.) NL West- Giants lead the Dodgers by 1.5 games
This is easily the best division race in baseball this season. Two powerhouse teams that both could easily win 100 games. The Giants currently lead the division by only one game and the Dodgers are closing in on the lead, again. I say again because this division was tied and then untied three days in a row this past weekend.
After the Dodgers loaded up more talent at the trade deadline, they made their way back into the division lead. The Giants also made a splash by acquiring Khris Bryant. This division is going to come down to the last couple of games no doubt about it.
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2.) NL East- Braves lead the Phillies by 2.5 games
This division has changed hands many times between three teams. The Braves currently lead by a few games thanks to an incredible month of August. The Phillies have also pushed back into the division race in August. The craziest part about the NL East is that the New York Mets led the division until May 7th. The Mets have since had a major collapse and surrendered the lead. The Braves are looking to repeat as division champs and as of right now they seem to be on the right track.
3.) AL West- Astros lead the Mariners by 5.5 games
While this division lead is a bit wider than the first two, it has still become more interesting in the last month. For most of this season, the Astros and Athletics have been the only worthy storyline in the division. However, the Seattle Mariners took advantage of the Athletics slipping and have taken second place in the division. Again, Houston still leads by over five games but Seattle is making a serious push to try and catch them or even get a wildcard spot. With under a month left, Seattle has a chance to turn their average season into something big.
The rest of the division races are not even close to a tight race. Milwaukee leads the NL Central by 11 games, The Rays lead the AL East by 9.5 games and the White Sox lead the AL Central by 11 games as well. The divisions I listed above could very well come down to one final game but these teams are good enough that there might not be a race by the end of this month. Keep an eye on the close division races but do not be surprised by the winners of the division either.
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