(1090 The Fan) — With about a month and a half of the 2014 Major League Baseball season in the books, we’re starting to see who the real contenders could be this year…at least in the National League. As far as the American League goes, there are still a handful of teams bobbing around the .500 mark.
The American League East, which is traditionally the toughest division in baseball, might be one of the weakest in 2014. The New York Yankees are in first place, but with a record just three games over .500. Both the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have had horrendous starts — Tampa Bay sits at 19-26.
The Detroit Tigers are already have a seven-game lead in the American League Central standings with a record of 27-12. The Kansas City Royals, who are currently in second, are just a game over .500 at 22-21. The Minnesota Twins are 21-21.
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Two of the four teams in the American League West have been up and down so far; The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners have each had winnings streaks of five games or greater and have also had at least two losing streaks of four games or greater. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had an offensive outpouring in April, but have slowed down recently and sit at 24-19. The Houston Astros are already planning for 2015 and the Oakland Athletics sit comfortably atop the division at 28-16.
With a handful of teams not playing to their potential, who do you think will emerge as a contender next month?
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