MLB Weekly Roundup- April 16

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The new MLB season enters its third week of play and all six division races remain extremely tight with a couple of surprise teams getting off to a fast start out of the gate.

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The AL East was expected to be one of the tightest races all season long, but Toronto was not supposed to be one of the teams in the running according to BetAnySports’ MLB futures odds. Through Tuesday’s games the Blue Jays have been able to carve-out a half-game lead over the New York Yankees with a record of 8-6. The big surprise in this division is the 5-9 start by the defending champion Boston Red Sox.


Detroit was expected to win the AL Central and so far and so good with a 6-4 start, but the Tigers are getting some unexpected early competition for that lead from the Chicago White Sox, who are off to a solid 8-6 start.

AL West

Oakland won the AL West last season and so far the Athletics have done a good job holding onto that spot with 10 victories in their first 14 games to open a 2.5-game lead over Seattle. The Texas Rangers were expected to win this division, but they are already three games back at an even 7-7.

The NL East has also followed suit from last year’s results with Atlanta holding a 1.5-game lead over Washington. The Braves have run their record to 9-4 on the strength of a four-game winning streak that includes a three-game sweep of the Nationals this past weekend.

The Milwaukee Brewers have been the biggest surprise so far with a 10-4 start that has them one game ahead of St. Louis in the NL Central. The favored Cardinals have overcome a slower than expected start with a four-game winning streak that has them sitting at 9-5.

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An early battle in the NL West between San Francisco and Los Angeles is brewing after both teams have posted 9-5 records in their first 14 games. The Giants took the early edge with a 2-1 series win over their rivals the first weekend in April. They increased that edge with a 3-2 extra-inning victory this past Tuesday night over the Dodgers in the first of another three game set.

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