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MLB Standings 2011: Oakland Athletics Can Put Texas Rangers In Their Rear View Mirror

The Oakland Athletics head into this week's six game stretch tied with the Texas Rangers two games back of the Los Angeles. The A's were actually a game back heading into last week but a 3-3 stretch leaves them a second game back. The AL West remains incredibly bunched up with the Mariners only four games back of first.

The Rangers will have the biggest opportunity to make some noise this week as they host the A's and then the Angels. The A's will face Chicago after Texas, while LA will face Chicago before Texas. The Mariners travel to Baltimore and Cleveland. If the A's can put together a solid week, they could at least slide the Rangers down into third place in the AL West.

We'll continue to include the American League wildcard standings in these updates, but given how the AL West race could shape up, I have a strong feeling the wildcard will not be coming from this division. It's worth noting that over the last couple of years the wildcard leader as of today ended up either winning the wildcard or switching places with the division leader, who then won the wildcard. It's a small sample size, but it's at least noteworthy.


AL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Los Angeles 20 15 .571 0 Won 1
Oakland 18 17 .514 2 Won 1
Texas 18 17 .514 2 Lost 1
Seattle 16 19 .457 4 Lost 2

(updated 5.9.2011 at 12:23 PM PDT)



American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Tampa Bay 20 14 .588 0 Won 4
Kansas City 18 16 .529 2 Lost 1
Oakland 18 17 .514 2.5 Won 1
Texas 18 17 .514 2.5 Lost 1
Detroit 17 18 .485 3.5 Won 2
Boston 16 18 .470 4 Won 2
Seattle 16 19 .457 4.5 Lost 2
Toronto 15 19 .441 5 Lost 2
Baltimore 14 19 .424 5.5 Lost 4
Minnesota 12 20 .375 7 Lost 2
Chicago 13 22 .371 7.5 Won 2

(updated 5.9.2011 at 12:24 PM PDT)