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AL Wild Card update: Mariners take over top spot from Blue Jays

Seattle is making a run at the top WC spot in the American League. We break down the latest standings.

Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Globe Life Field on August 14, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

We’ve into the middle of August and there’s just about a month and a half left in the MLB regular season. The American League Wild Card race remains the focus in the standings. The New York Yankees aren’t 100% safe in the AL East, but still have a sizable lead on the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles. In the AL West, the Seattle Mariners are too far behind the Houston Astros. So that has made the AL Wild Card super close with just three spots to go around. Let’s take a look at the latest standings for the AL WC.

AL Wild Card standings, August 18

1st WC spot: Seattle Mariners, 65-54 — +1.5
2nd WC spot: Tampa Bay Rays, 62-54 —
3rd WC spot: Toronto Blue Jays, 62-54 —

Minnesota Twins, 61-55 — 1.0 GB
Baltimore Orioles, 61-55 — 1.5 GB
Chicago White Sox, 61-57 — 2.0 GB
Boston Red Sox, 59-59 — 4.0 GB

The Twins, White Sox and Cleveland Guardians continue to trade blows in the AL Central. All three teams are only separated in the standings by 2.5 games. It will be tough for two of those three teams to get in without winning the division. The AL East could end up eating itself alive, so to speak. The Blue Jays, Orioles and Rays will all have a tough time with the Mariners likely securing a spot. Seattle loaded up at the deadline and have rookie Julio Rodriguez back. The M’s also have an easier time in the AL West outside of the ‘Stros.