Welcome to the final edition of the regular season photos of the week! The good news is that this will continue in the postseason, but it will not feature as many teams as this edition does. Say your final goodbyes to these teams because we will see them on Opening Day in late March.
The Central had big events this week, like the nachos incident. As if the Cubs and Cardinals did not already have a big enough rivalry! At least both teams can laugh about it now.
In the AL, it was great to see the Twins clinch the last Wild Card spot because they suffered so much the past few years for that. It's a good thing that they didn't end up trading Brian Dozier this offseason because they will need him in the Wild Card game in New York.
Another highlight is definitely Andrew Romine's big day with the Tigers where he played all nine positions. If you can do it, go for it! We're at that point in the season where anything goes for teams that have an offseason coming up and it's great to see them take advantage of that.
Last time that we feature the East! I hope you had a good time with the National League teams because only one will be in the playoffs, so enjoy the others while you still can. With the American League, two teams clinched their spot in the playoffs and that could be good or bad if they ever cross paths again.
It will be sad not to see Stanton hit home runs all the time but I hope that he makes it close to 60 soon. I definitely want to see that happen since he just hit 57 last night.
Other than that, I will miss the Phillies and their wonderful photos on social media because we all need to have fun every once in awhile. This postseason will be serious but it will still be a good ride.
Baseball is weeks away from October, which is exciting but sad for the teams already eliminated. The good news is that we will see good baseball from both West divisions because they have a good chance of getting at least two in the American (could be three) and hopefully getting three in the National.
As you can see here, star power does not fade out in the West with great acquisitions at the trade deadline paying off. Hopefully we can see those acquisitions play in October!
*P.S. The Rockies picture of Nolan and Todd Helton was part of a series, so if you like it a lot, go to @rockies on Instagram to see more heartfelt ones just like it! You won't regret it.
Want more of the hottest team right now? Look no further than their division and the National League too! Not only is Cleveland on fire, but Minnesota looks good as well. The race in the AL is extrememly close and Minnesota has a good handle on it, but it's not enough just yet. This entire month will prove if they deserve it or not.
Also, we hope that you enjoy Hispanic Heritage Month because this is a celebration of a culture that gives so much to baseball. Without players from Latin America, baseball would not be as fun and exciting as it is today. There would be no smiles from a certain shortstop in Cleveland, no love for a figure named Miggy in Detroit, no crowns in Seattle when a certain pitcher started, and no Bartolo. Yep. We all need Bartolo in our lives, so let's celebrate him and all the other players who came to play their beloved game this Hispanic Heritage Month!
Things going on this week:
Justin Verlander left the Tigers (??!!!!) and this time right now could be more exciting than the trade deadline. The Astros are wheelin' and dealin' right now and we can expect them to do well in the postseason, if this pays off.
The Dodgers right now are struggling even though Kershaw returned to the mound. Every team needs to understand what a struggle feels like and get things in order before things start to matter more.
Now with the East! The American League is crazy right now with the Wild Card remaining as unpredictable as it was last week. This may not change until the season is over unless all the contending teams stop doing what they are doing right now. Expect a crazy last day of the season and excitement mixed with some heartbreak on that day.
With the National League, the East is Washington's capital and no one can come close to that. The Wild Card is looking more western right now, so the East needs a little more horse power to make a move there. Maybe it could happen, but I am really not sure.
Unrelated to the postseason, if you ever want to look through the best Instagram feed for a team, I highly suggest the Phillies's account. Why? They post the best and most relatable pictures of their players that are silly and morw unconventional than other team accounts. Check it out when you can and you won't regret it.
See you next week!
Happy Player's Weekend! I hope you have all enjoyed the past two days of nicknames and brightly-colored jerseys as much as the rest of us do. These jerseys are available to purchase, but since some of us cannot afford to buy multiple jerseys (or even one), it's always good to see them all for free.
Now onto the West and all its glory. The Dodgers are still tearing it up so let's move on to the Rockies and Diamond Backs, who are still leading the Wild Card. Both teams have rebounded from rough seasons last year and have MVP-caliber players that will lead them hopefully into the one game playoff to face each other and then the Dodgers.
In the American League, the Astros are still holding their lead while the Angels and Mariners are fighting for the last spot that the Twins currently hold for the Wild Card. Both are surprising others right now but they need to continue to scratch their way during September.
With that being said, enjoy the fun of the best weekend in baseball!
Since today is the Central week, it would be appropriate to talk about the Wild Card race going on in one of the best divisions in baseball (only one because there are other great ones... like the one next week... cough... cough...).
Milwaukee is 3.5 games back and St. Louis is 4.0 games back from the Wild Card, but both have a better chance at the Central title as of right now. They sit at 2.0 and 2.5 games back respectively and could make a shot at it but Chicago still looks solid.
In the AL, Minnesota is tied for the second in the Wild Card and looks better to win that than the division.
Kansas City was the hot item for a bit and they were believed to have taken the division from Cleveland when they had their struggles, but they still have a chance with 1.5 games out of the Wild Card.
Keep in mind that there is still plenty of time and fight left in all these teams and everything could be swapped come September.
Other than all that, the Midwest had a fun week and these photos only scratch the surface. It's not pictured here, but if you are a Cubs fan or just a fan of happiness, Kris Bryant received a cute proposal from a fan when he made a surprise charity visit. It's definitely worth a look because it's Sunday and Sunday is meant to be a positive day!
Also, I cannot help myself to post pictures of hockey and baseball crossovers because I love both! So enjoy the one below!
Enjoy the fireworks too! You deserve it!
Another beautiful week of baseball, with some more great milestones for star players, like Stanton being the first to hit 40 home runs. You don't need to win the Derby back-to-back to be the best at home runs, as he has proven.
Teams like Boston and Washington are moving along in their divisions, while the wild card is important for the Yankees and Rays. As the month goes on, spots may change and teams may get hot at the right times.
What a week! The deadline ended, a certain player joined the 3,000 club, other players decided to have a multihomer game, and then a mascot got into it with an opposing player. All that is documented here and it happened with Western teams! So, I guess the best entertainment really is out in the West.
Enjoy all the action going around in the Central this week! Especially since the Cubs are back to being the best in their division and now the second half is really heating up with teams losing leads from the first half.
Also, the Royals are looking good and are definitely ready for a postseason run, but can they get to first and stay there? It sounds likely right now.
Summer isn't complete without baseball.