As we start the final month of the season, let’s recap a wild August. This month, we’ll start out west and work our way east.
- LA Dodgers (91-41)
The Dodgers came crashing back to Earth in August, relatively speaking. But it’s not a bad way to finish the month when you’re 50 games over .500 with 90-plus wins. Realistically, though, there’s a chance LA peaked too early.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (76-58)
Speaking of peaking, the Diamondbacks finished August by winning nine of their last 10 games, including a sweep of the Dodgers. With a commanding lead in the NL Wild Card race, watch out for Arizona as a dark horse in the playoffs.
- Colorado Rockies (72-61)
For the second time in as many months, the Rockies finished the month without a winning record. The difference between July and August was a sub-.500 record in August. Colorado is keeping the NL Wild Card race interesting by losing.
- San Diego Padres (59-74)
Run production and defense from July to August was nearly identical for the Padres. From 109 runs scored and 128 allowed in July, to 109 scored and 126 allowed in August. However, the month netted two fewer wins and five more losses due to closer games, which could be a step in the right direction, right?
- San Francisco Giants (53-83)
The Giants finished August at 3-9 and were outscored 32-56 in their final 12 games. They have also lost at least 16 games every month of the season.
- Houston Astros (80-53)
August was by far the worst month of the season for the Astros, as they finished with their first losing record of the season at 11-17. Blame it on the weather, injuries or whatever, but there’s a lot of ground between them on the rest of the AL West, so they should be safe.
- Anaheim Angels (69-65)
The Angels went on a tear into the middle of August and won 10 out of 13 games, then wrapped up the month with a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s. An 18-10 month put the Angels in the thick of the Wild Card race as legitimate contenders for the fifth playoff spot.
- Texas Rangers (66-67)
Even without pitcher Yu Darvish, the Rangers have managed to claw back into the Wild Card hunt with their bats. During a 16-12 August, Texas outscored opponents 156-119.
- Seattle Mariners (66-68)
After two giant steps forward in June and July, the Mariners took one step back with a 12-15 August. Seattle’s problem has been consistency, as each time it won three or four games in a row, it immediately lost three or four in a row.
- Oakland A’s (58-75)
The A’s had their second-best offensive month of the season with 132 runs scored. Unfortunately, they also had their second-worst defensive month and allowed 155 runs. At least they can take comfort in the fact that they’re not the worst team in the Bay Area.
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