2017 Season: Chaos and Excitement as the Home Stretch is Upon Us.

JD Martinez hit four homers tonight.

The Diamondbacks just won their 11th straight.

The Indians have already asked someone to hold their beer and have won 12 straight.

The Dodgers, seemingly invincible just two weeks ago, have dropped 9 of 10.

Giancarlo Stanton is hitting anything he wants out of the ballpark.

There only two division races in which the 2nd place team is still less than 10 games back (Yankees trail Red Sox by 2.5, Milwaukee will not go quietly and are hanging in behind Chicago at 3.5 back), but somehow there’s still plenty to be excited about.

As of the end of play on Labor Day, here is the Wild Card situation in the American League:

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Texas sold Yu Darvish at the deadline but has surged to within two games of a wild card spot.  Baltimore had been left for dead as well, but have arguably the best offense since the All-Star break and are within 1.5 games. Eight teams are within six games for the two wild card spots.

In the National League, it’s a little less cluttered but still in doubt:

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The Cardinals are the N.L.’s version of the Orioles, and there were plenty of calls for Mike Matheny’s job.  But the troops have rallied and there they are.  This race was nearly called weeks ago, but Colorado has been steadily falling back to the pack while the D-backs surge has given them some breathing room.

The Nationals, Dodgers, Indians, and Astros all enjoy double digit division leads and, barring epic collapses, will cruise into the division round of play.

Tomorrow’s game of interest is Houston at Seattle.  Justin Verlander takes the hill for the first time as an Astro, and Seattle continues to hunt for that wild card spot.

Brace yourselves, October baseball is coming.  But before then, keep watching.  With a wild race in the A.L. and amazing baseball happening daily, there’s a lot to be excited about.

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