Right now, the Tampa Bay Rays (72-52) are leading the AL Wild Card race, one game ahead of the Oakland Athletics (71-53). The Yankees are behind those two teams, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Cleveland Indians in the race. The Royals are also in contention, but any teams behind them are not. The next closest team after KC (7 games back) are the Seattle Mariners (14 GB).
Today, the Chicago White Sox shut out the Royals, and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore. At the time of this writing, the Angels have a one-run lead over the Indians and Oakland has a two-run lead over Seattle.
Let's look at the rest of this week for all of the teams in contention.
Rays: vs Orioles tomorrow (Hellickson, 4.91 vs Chen, 3.23), vs Yankees Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (starters TBD).
Athletics: vs Mariners tomorrow (Iwakuma, 2.95 vs Griffin, 3.76), vs Orioles Friday (Straily, 4.22 vs Norris, 3.93), Saturday (Milone, 4.30 vs Tillman, 3.79), and Sunday (Parker, 3.71 vs TBD).
Orioles: All of their games are vs. Rays & A's. See pitching matchups above.
Indians: vs Angels tomorrow (Masterson, 3.59 vs Williams, 4.90), vs Twins Friday (Deduno, 3.82 vs TBD), Saturday, and Sunday (weekend starters TBD).
Royals: vs White Sox tomorrow (Guthrie, 4.15 vs Rienzo, 3.70) and Thursday (Shields, 3.19 vs Quintana, 3.66), vs Nationals Friday (Davis, 5.43 vs TBD), vs Nationals Saturday (Chen, 2.20 vs TBD), vs Nationals Sunday (starters TBD).
What does everyone think about the Yankees' schedule this week? Can they gain any games? How will they fare against the Rays, recently struggling but winning a series in Baltimore? Can the Royals stay in the race against the last-place White Sox and the disappointing Nationals? Can the A's pitching staff continue to shine?
Sound off in the comments.