Whether you are watching as a fan or watching as a bettor who is checking MLB odds all day, you have definitely noticed the great baseball being played lately, specifically by the AL East division. As of July 14, all the teams in the AL East have a record over .500 which is the third time in the Wild Card Era that a division has done so by July 14.
AL East – All Above .500
The first day these teams were all above .500 was on July 13 making them the fourth division to do so in the Wild Card Era. Now they have multiple days of all being over .500 which makes the AL East the second division to do so, joining the 2005 NL East. The other three divisions that were all above .500 by July 13 or later happened in 2012 with the AL East, 2005 with the NL East, and 2000 with the AL West. The 2005 NL East division also finished the year at or above .500 with the Braves (90-72), Phillies (88-74), Marlins (83-79), Mets (83-79), and Nationals (81-81).
This 2022 AL East division has the capabilities to do the same as the 2005 NL East as the New York Yankees alone have been most impressive as they have the best AL East and overall best AL with a 62-26 record. Their 62 wins are 14 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays who are second in the division with a 48-40 record. Right behind the Rays are the Boston Red Sox with a 47-42 record, Toronto Blue Jays with a 47-42 record, and Baltimore Orioles with a 45-44 record.
The Orioles have been the most exciting as of late as they finished the 2021 season with the MLB’s worst record 52-110. Just seven wins away from your previous season’s win total and only midway through the season is an impressive turnaround. Not only did they have an impressive turnaround but as of July 14, the Orioles have a 10-game winning streak which is the longest they’ve had as a franchise since 1999 when they had a 13-game winning streak. They are also the second team in history to finish with 110 losses in one season and win ten straight in the following season.
The Race for the Second Place
Although it is not a tight race for first place with the Yankees far ahead from the rest of the division, the race for second place is tight with four teams all within a few wins of each other. The Blue Jays were one of the hottest teams in the MLB at one point this season but have struggled as of late with a 4-9 record so far in July which includes a five-game and four-game losing streak. As of July 14, they fired their Manager Charlie Montoyo due to these recent struggles. They went from having a decent lead in second place in the AL East to tied for third in a matter of weeks.
Both the Rays and Red Sox have been able to catch up to the Blue Jays with the Rays now controlling second place and the Red Sox tied with the Blue Jays for third place. The Red Sox struggled at the beginning of the season with a 9-15 record in April but have since got back on track by ending the month of June with two separate seven-game winning streaks. Boston’s hitters have been impressive so far this season with three players in the top ten best batting averages and all over .300 (Devers .325, Bogaerts .312, Martinez .309). The 2020 World Series Champion Rays have continued to show their consistency as they have only been below .500 once this season when they were 5-6 for a day. Their pitching has been most impressive this year led by Shane McClanahan who is just one of two pitchers with an ERA under 2.00.
If all five teams can continue their impressive play, we could see the 2022 AL East become the second team in history to have all teams over .500. Continue checking MLB lines and MLB spreads for all AL East teams this year as they’ll be worth it.