MLB playoff odds Sept. 16: Rangers falling, Indians surging
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, five of the six divisions appear to be wrapped up, with the NL Central the only division without a heavy favorite. The Wild Card races, especially in the AL, are still hotly contested and have seen big changes in who is expected to reach the playoffs over the past week.
Here are the playoff odds in the American League:
The Indians have greatly increased their playoff odds since last Monday, going 5-2 over the past week. Cleveland's winning streak combined with struggles in Tampa Bay and Texas have helped raise the Indians' playoff odds 40.9 percent.
The Pirates and Cardinals remain tied atop the NL Central, but a Reds loss on Sunday put the division further out of reach for Cincinnati. The Reds had a 26.5 percent chance of winning the division last week while the Pirates only had a 13.5 percent chance, but Cincinnati went 2-4 while Pittsburgh went 6-1, shaking up the division.
The Nationals continue to hang around, thanks to an 11-3 record in Sept. They will start a key three-game series against the Braves on Monday, who have had Washington's number all year; the Nationals enter Monday 4-12 against Atlanta.
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