Everyone has heard of
Adam Wainwright, but some of the younger arms on the Cardinals pitching staff like
Michael Wacha and Joe Kelly have been lights out this season -- giving the Redbirds a final push to a division crown.
4 Braves 86-57 -2
Going into this week, the Braves' magic number was at nine. With 20 games remaining on their schedule, Atlanta should already be prepping for the postseason.
5 Tigers 82-62 -2
Detroit’s losing record last week against the Red Sox and Royals -- which included giving up 36 runs in a span of two games on Wednesday and Friday -- is concerning for a team that usually boasts a good pitching staff.
6 Athletics 83-60 +1
With a series win against Texas, along with taking down the Astros last week, Oakland entered the week with a 1.5-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West.
7 Reds 82-63 +4
The Reds are feeling good after sweeping the Dodgers with two-straight walk-off wins last week, leaving Cincinnati with a chance to sneak away with the NL Central title and avoid a one-game wild-card series.
Bryce Harper hasn’t been as impressive during his second season in the majors, but injury problems have played a big role.
13 Indians 77-66 +1
The Indians could have used a sweep against the
Mets to help their case for a wild-card berth, but former Cleveland pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka got some revenge Sunday, taking a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning.
14 Yankees 76-68 -1
Derek Jeter re-injured his surgically repaired ankle, which could leave the Yankees without their captain for possibly the rest of the season and make their postseason hopes even slimmer.
15 Royals 75-69
The Royals still have a legitimate shot at a wild-card berth, but they will be challenged -- their last 19 games include series against the Tigers, Rangers and Indians.
16 Angels 67-76
It has been a rough season overall, but the Angels are hoping they can carry their late-season surge into next year.
Yusmeiro Petit’s near-perfecto Friday night gave Giants fans something to cheer about despite the lost season.
20 Mariners 65-79 -1
Felix Hernandez has been scratched from Wednesday’s start, leaving some worried about their star pitcher. But being out of contention will mean the former Cy Young winner can get extra rest to prepare for next season.
21 Padres 65-77 +1
Huston Street has gone 14 for 14 in save opportunities and has allowed just one earned run in 23 1/3 innings while striking out 22 batters over his past 23 appearances.
22 Blue Jays 67-76 +1
The Blue Jays are experiencing one of their best stretches in an otherwise disappointing season, thanks mainly to the pitching rotation. Too bad it is coming a little too late to matter.
23 Rockies 66-79 -3
Michael Cuddyer, who entered the week with a .328 batting average, is trying to overtake Chris Johnson (.330) of the Braves for the NL batting title.
Jose Fernandez was nearly unhittable on Friday night against the Nationals. His no-hit bid was ended in the sixth inning, but the 21-year-old still bolstered his case to win the National League Rookie of they Year award.
29 White Sox 58-85 -1
The White Sox finally ended a nine-game losing streak with a win over the Orioles on Sunday; their first in the month of September.
30 Astros 48-96
Jarred Cosart has probably been the most exciting player on the Astros roster this season. Entering the week, the 23-year-old rookie had posted a 2.13 ERA over nine starts and allowed only three home runs.