What does it mean when your team has 41 wins? Its means your team plays in the American League East and is one of the three best teams in baseball. It means, that your either a Rays, Red Sox or Yankee fan. It means this division is the best in baseball and is going to come down to the wire.
Tampa Bay, Boston, and New York all sit at the top of the AL East with 41 wins going into Saturday. The Yanks and the Rays are tied atop the division with 41-26 records. Boston is not far behind being only one game back. The AL East is the best division in baseball right now as far as competition is concerned. Despite injuries and questions earlier in the season with their bullpen, the Yanks have held their own. Boston seems to be hitting their stride and Tampa Bay, well, they’re Tampa Bay.
I do not mean to have an East Coast bias here, but watching the AL East seems to be more entertaining than the rest of the Majors right now. I do not mean to take away from players like Ubaldo Jimenez and the phenom, Stephen Strasburg. However, these are individual stories, not team stories. Baseball fans can expect to see competition in the AL East step up particularly after the All-Star break. This is especially true as the Yanks do not play Boston again until August. In the meantime the Yanks and Rays will face off six times in July and August. Each one of these games is going to count. What’s more, with the division being this close, each team really has to win to maintain any hope of playing in October. So fans, lets sit back and enjoy!