Through games of June 21, 2020, the standings are as follows, then broken down by each team's record vs. the other 9 AL qualifiers, then the Relegated teams, then the NL Qualifiers.
|AL East||W-L GB||Vs. AL Qual||Vs. Relegated|
Goal 30 gms
|Vs. NL Qual|
Goal 12 gms
|AL West||W-L GB||Vs. AL Qual||Vs. Relegated||Vs. NL Qual|
Pittsburgh is the only of the 10 relegated teams with a winning record against AL Qualifiers with a 16-14 mark, followed by SD 12-12, Col 6-6, KC 9-15, SF 6-12, Det 7-17, Sea 7-17, Tex 5-13, Mia 5-13, and last is Balt 8-22 for 27% winning percentage.
Astros lose to Pirates 3-0, then sweep them 10-2 for 4 games to 2 wins.
Astros 8-4 in 25 innings, then 5-4 over Padres
As good as the games were, MLB fans might most have enjoyed the Padres beaning three Astros in the 15th after falling behind.
Boston won 4-2 and 6-4 vs Cleveland
The Red Sox, who barely avoided being one of the five relegated teams while 10 games below .500, have surged back into the picture with a giant comeback against the Indians that started a 2-game sweep and pulled them within three games of the Indians for 3rd place.
Bieber's 8 innings of shutout ball to open the series collapsed as another blown save from the Indians once mighty bullpen started back-to-back losses to the last place Red Sox.
Benintendi and Martinez both had four hit series and relievers combined to allow only 3 runs in 9 innings to get the two wins despite neither starter lasting 9 innings.
Rays lost to the Tigers to fall further behind Yankees but then swept to get back within 2 games.
Yankees sweep 12-8 then win 4-1 vs royals
Pirates split 2-7 loss then 3-2 win vs Blue Jays
Blue Jays All-Star starter Biggio reached 6 of 9 times and all-star Giles recorded a 4-out save. Guerrero hit a double and Homer in his first game to make his case. Ryu did not pitch.
Pirate Polanco hurt his all-star case with a 1 of 8 series, while Kela helped his case with another perfect inning I'm the 8th inning of the game 2 3-2 win. Dyson singled in the 9th, stole second (Speed A), went to third on a grounder and scored in Newman's game winning single.
Red Sox sweeps 10-5 and wins 3-2 in 11 innings. Two new decent starting pitchers for the Marlins were not enough, as the Red Sox Bradley hit a grand slam to chase new ace Lopez en route to a 10-5 sweep. In the 2nd game another new starter Sharp went 5.2 shutout innings and the Marlins led 2-0 in the 9th. However, Moreland's 2-run homer forced extra innings and then Pillar's RBI triple in the 11th gave the Red Sox the 5 games to 1 win to improve to 24-30, still 7 games out of a wild card spot but a step in the right direction.
White Sox 6-3 and Rockies 4-3
Rockies Dahl made every case for NL All-Star with 5 hits in series including game-winning double in 8th of second game. White Sox Grandal made his case with three hits including 3-run HR.
Blue Jays 3-2 and 4-3 over Giants
Blue Jays 3, Giants 2. Ryu may have locked up an All-Star spot after allowing only three baserunners in 8 shit out innings. When he did finally give up a 2-run Homer in the 9th, All-Star Giles came in to save the 3-2 win.
Blue Jays 4, Giants 3. Giants All-Star Yastrzemski helped them to a lead, but Blue Jays All-Star Biggio and All-Star hopeful Guerrero (2 of 7 for series, still on the bubble) had hits and Hernandez came through with the key double which skipped passed Yastrzemski to key the rally.
More to come.