Friday, July 18th, 2014

If the 2014 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 opening 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 are all but mathematically eliminated? Have injuries taken a toll? Have any young stars emerged? 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
Washington Nationals (tied with the Atlanta Braves for GB, but .001 ahead)

Central Division Champion
Milwaukee Brewers

Western Division Champion
Los Angeles Dodgers

NL Wild Cards
Atlanta Braves (tied for NL East lead in GB, but .001 behind)
San Francisco Giants

American League

Eastern Division Champion

Baltimore Orioles

Central Division Champion
Detroit Tigers

Western Division Champion
Oakland Athletics

AL Wild Cards
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Seattle Mariners

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