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August 8, 2017

Baseball update: Dodgers REALLY on top

While Baseball at the popular level has wound down, or is concluding, in youth or school leagues, Major League Baseball heats up during August.  When the All Star Break ends, excitement starts to build, growing to  a fever pitch by September 1st, as players and fans look toward each League's championship series, and the great World Series, seemingly played later in October, every year.  Baseball across the six divisions of the two major leagues, becomes highly contested, and rival fans also battle, sometimes in the streets, sometimes in their fantasy leagues.  

Ah to be a player in the National League East division.  The Washington Nationals are at .600, with all the rest of the teams with losing seasons.  The Nationals' closest rivals in their division, the Miami Marlins, are 14 games back and the Atlanta Braves are at 15 games back! National League central standings are much closer, with the Chicago Cubs leading the division, the Milwaukee Brewers at 1.5 game back, and the St. Louis Cardinals at 3.5 games back.  All three teams remain above 500.  National League West division is led by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the entirety of MLB with a record of .712 thus far, while their closest rivals, both above .500, are the Colorado Rockies at 15.5 games back, and the Arizona Diamondbacks at 16 games back.  

Only the Houston Astros hold such a commanding lead in the American League, with the Seattle Mariners being 15 games behind them  in the American League West division.  The Cleveland Indians are measuring up to their success of last year in the American League Central Division.  In the East, archrivals Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees continue to battle for first place, with the Sox currently ahead by three games.  

So, truly, August is NOT the doldrums for Major League Baseball.  The last two months of the season promise plenty of exciting action.  

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