The Oakland Athletics wrapped up a four game series with the Los Angeles Angels splitting the series two games apiece. That result leaves the A's in the same position as compared to the Angels, but allowed them to gain half a game on the Rangers. The Rangers hold a game in hand on the A's for now, but games in hand aren't really as big a deal at this point in the season.
The A's currently sit three games under .500 and are 2 1/2 games back of the Rangers for first place in the AL West. They find themselves 4 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the wild card standings. Given that the AL West is likely looking at a winner in the 90-win range like last last season, the wild card is probably not a factor come September.
We've reached Memorial Day weekend, which is often considered the first significant bench mark of the baseball season. As it currently stands, the Cleveland Indians are the only team with more than a 2 1/2 game lead in their division. No team is quite yet running away with things, so it should make for a fun summer. The AL West on its own should come right down to the wire. Of course, the return of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz could mix that up a bit.
AL West Standings
American League Wild Card Standings
|Tampa Bay||26||23||.530||1.5||Lost 2|
|Los Angeles||26||26||.500||3||Lost 1|
|Kansas City||22||27||.448||5.5||Lost 5|
(updated 5.27.2011 at 12:50 PM PDT)