July Recap: West

Let’s wrap things up with the West Divisions. Remember, you can always go back and catch the East and Central Divisions if you missed them.

American League

  1. Houston Astros (69-36)

The Astros were depleted of their Big Four through much of July as Dallas Keuchel missed most of the month with a pinched nerve in his neck, Carlos Correa is out with a torn ligament in his thumb, and George Springer landed on the 10-day disabled list with quadriceps discomfort. Houston still finished July with a 15-9 record and still control the AL West.

  1. Seattle Mariners (54-53)

After back-to-back winning months in June and July (15-12 and 14-12, respectively), the Mariners are headed in the right direction. Seattle has been streaky, but remains in the thick of the Wild Card race.

  1. Anaheim Angels (51-55)

In a 9-13 July, the Angels played to 4-8 on the road. Despite the 13 losses, the Angels were able to stay in games with just two blowout (five-plus runs) losses.

  1. Texas Rangers (50-55)

It looked like the Rangers could make a couple of runs at Wild Card contention with stretches of 5-1 and 5-2, but those 10 wins were about it in an 11-14 month.

  1. Oakland A’s (47-59)

July turned out to be the best month of the season for the A’s, as they posted a .462 winning percentage. Oakland also posted a winning record at home in July at 9-6.

National League

  1. LA Dodgers (74-31)

The Dodgers finished July with a historic 20-3 record, which was good enough for an .870 winning percentage. The last team to finish a month with a winning percentage that high was the New York Giants in August 1936 at .889 with a 24-3 record. Despite the best record in baseball, it will take another miraculous month to make a run at 116 wins.

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks (60-45)

It’s a real bummer for the Diamondbacks they’re in the NL West, because they would be in the hunt for a division title anywhere else in the league. Nonetheless, they’re in prime position to claim a Wild Card spot.

  1. Colorado Rockies (60-46)

The Rockies are dealing with the same issue as the Diamondbacks with the wake of destruction the Dodgers are leaving behind them. Even with a .500 July, the Rockies are still in solid contention for a Wild Card berth as the race begins to heat up.

  1. San Diego Padres (47-58)

The Padres logged their first winning month of the season with a 14-11 July, so that’s a step in the right direction. San Diego never lost more than three in a row in July, and tallied its second longest win streak of the season at four games.

  1. San Francisco Giants (40-67)

Despite flipping the calendar with a four-game winning streak in tow, the Giants never reached the elusive three-game winning streak while the calendar read July. So, according to manager Lou Brown from Major League II, they never had a winning streak in July.

Photo by Brigham Berthold

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