Let’s continue our wrap of the final month of the regular season with the American League and National League West Divisions. I’d like to clarify one thing: When I’m referring to September in monthly records, I’m including the single game the teams played on Oct. 1.
If you need to get caught up, be sure to check out the Central Divisions here.
- Houston Astros (101-61)
After they took a tremendous dip in August, the Astros recovered in a major way in September. Houston played to a 21-8 record during the final month of the season and outscored opponents 161-118.
- LA Angels (80-82)
The Angels made a push for the postseason in September, but they failed to capitalize on any opportunities to close the gap behind the Minnesota Twins with an untimely six-game losing streak in the middle of the month.
- Seattle Mariners (78-84)
Consistency was consistently an issue for the Mariners, as they could never find a groove at the right time to close the gap behind the Twins either. The Mariners matched the Angels with a six-game losing streak and closed the season with a 12-16 final month to miss the postseason, again.
- Texas Rangers (78-84)
A 16-12 August got the Rangers back in the postseason hunt, but a 12-17 September got them out of it. The Rangers were outscored by an average of 1.7 runs per game in the closing month of the season. That makes it tough to win games when you need to.
- Oakland A’s (75-87)
With as far in the division basement as the A’s had been the entire season, it’s amazing they finished just three games back of the Mariners and Rangers. Of course, their single winning month of the season at 16-12 went quite a ways to helping that winning percentage.
- LA Dodgers (104-58)
Despite a 100-win season, the Dodgers are skidding into the postseason riding a 13-17 September. Dodger pitching struggled in September with a 4.22 ERA–they never had an ERA higher 3.60 the rest of the season.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (93-69)
The Diamondbacks started off September by riding a 13-game winning streak that carried over from August. Offensively, September was fantastic for Arizona with 150 RBIs, 157 runs scored, 44 homers and 229 strikeouts–all season-best numbers.
- Colorado Rockies (87-75)
After a six-game winning streak in the start of September, the Rockies finished out the season 7-10. However, third baseman Nolan Arenado closed out the season with a great month and hit .330, smacked seven dingers, drove in 19 runs, scored 18 and struck out just 15 times.
- San Diego Padres (71-91)
September was the worst month of the season for the Padres. Despite their typical 12-17 record, the Padres posted their worst run differential of -62.
- San Francisco Giants (64-98)
The Giants kept to their season trend and ended the season by losing 15 games in each month. However, September was an improvement for San Francisco with just four of its 28 blowout losses (loss by five-plus points) of the season.
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