- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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