Originally written on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 6/25/13

From earlier this afternoon (Tampa beat Toronto 4-1 tonight to end their streak and change the numbers a little): As we near the halfway point of the season, the Toronto Blue Jays have won 11 straight.  They’re two games over .500, and only 5 back of Boston for 1st place.  The Jays’ 38-36 record would put them 2nd in 3 of MLB’s 6 divisions, but in the American League East it has them tied with the Rays for last.  In fact, Toronto and Tampa open up a “battle for the basement” series tonight (with one more win and one more loss than the Blue Jays the Rays currently trail them by percentage points; the opposite of what would normally be the case when last place teams have losing records). Over in the NL East, the 2nd place Nationals (37-38) are 6 games out, a greater gap than the entire AL East combined.  ESPN lists a hypothetical “percent chance of making the playoffs” next to each team in the standings.  Here are the odds for each last place team: AL Central: White Sox (31-42) - 2.4% AL West: Astros (29-48) - 0.1% NL East: Marlins (25-50) - 0.1% NL Central: Cubs (31-43) - 3.1% NL West: Dodgers (32-42) - 2.8% AL East: Rays (39-37) - 34.9% Before the season started I wrote a piece entitled “My opening thoughts on the 2013 Red Sox and the AL East.”  In it I said the following: “In my mind the entire division is a crap shoot. We could end up with 5 teams winning between 80 and 90 games.” So far, so good. Check out “37 seconds of sports and other stuff i care about” at lucidsportsfan.com, and follow Mark on twitter @LucidSportsFan Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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