The Cleveland Indians have a chance to go for 20 straight wins on Tuesday night as they take over the best record in the American League.

Another week of MLB play is in the books, and the standings remain largely unchanged from last week. One thing that definitely has not changed is the loss column next to the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe has now won 20 games in a row to tie the 2002 Oakland Athletics for longest winning streak in American League history. Out West, the Los Angeles Dodgers have actually managed to win a game, but are still 2-15 in their last 17 games after appearing destined to chase the MLB record for wins in a single season.

There has been a shakeup at the top of the AL standings, with the Indians taking over for the Houston Astros in the race for the number-one seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. In the NL, the Washington Nationals have clinched the NL East title and have made things more interesting in the race for the top seed on that side of the bracket. If the Dodgers continue sliding, they may lose out on the ever-important homefield advantage.

BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox bites his thumb guard as he walks to first base during the sixth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 10, 2017 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

American League East

Boston Red Sox (81-62, .569, – GB)

Last Week: 2-1 at Blue Jays, 2-1 at Rays

  • Home Record: 45-27
  • Road Record: 37-35
  • Runs Scored: 692
  • Runs Allowed: 589
  • Run Differential: +103
  • Streak: Lost 1
  • Last 10: 6-4

New York Yankees (78-66, .542, 4.0 GB)

Last Week: 2-1 vs. Orioles, 2-1 vs. Rangers

  • Home Record: 40-27
  • Road Record: 38-39
  • Runs Scored: 756
  • Runs Allowed: 601
  • Run Differential: +155
  • Streak: Lost 1
  • Last 10: 4-6

Tampa Bay Rays (72-74, .490, 11 GB)

Last Week: 2-1 vs. Twins, 1-2 vs. Red Sox

  • Home Record: 37-35
  • Road Record: 35-39
  • Runs Scored: 623
  • Runs Allowed: 638
  • Run Differential: -15
  • Streak: Won 1
  • Last 10: 4-6

Baltimore Orioles (71-74, .490, 11.5 GB)

Last Week: 1-2 vs. Yankees, 0-3 vs. Indians

  • Home Record: 44-30
  • Road Record: 37-44
  • Runs Scored: 689
  • Runs Allowed: 732
  • Run Differential: -43
  • Streak: Lost 6
  • Last 10: 2-8

Toronto Blue Jays (68-77, .469, 14.5 GB)

Last Week: 1-2 vs. Red Sox, 2-1 vs. Tigers

  • Home Record: 39-35
  • Road Record: 29-42
  • Runs Scored: 619
  • Runs Allowed: 707
  • Run Differential: -88
  • Streak: Won 4
  • Last 10: 6-4

The Red Sox entered the postseason in 2016 as the odds-on favorites to come out of the American League and go to the World Series to send David Ortiz off with a Cinderella story. That won’t be the case this year, as the Red Sox lineup has searched all year for its identity without Big Papi. Boston will be no one’s pick to win the AL pennant this year, and maybe that’s a good thing, as their young hitters were overwhelmed by the pressure of high expectations last season.



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