Let’s wrap up the season with the American League and National League East Divisions. These two divisions couldn’t be more opposite with their balance in competition.
- Boston Red Sox (93-69)
After a 9-1 stretch through the middle of September, the Red Sox slid at the end of the season and finished 2-5. The Red Sox were outscored 44-31 during that closing seven-game stretch.
- New York Yankees (91-71)
The Yankees went into the postseason on fire after a 20-win September. As part of the spectacular month, the Yankees never lost back-to-back games, but they also won more than three straight just once by extending to four games.
- Tampa Bay Rays (80-82)
September was an anemic month for the Rays offensively. They had a .235 team batting average to go with a .395 slugging percentage. This tells me there were not many extra-base hits to go around.
- Toronto Blue Jays (76-86)
The Blue Jays finished out the season strong (by their 2017 standards) with a .500 record in September. As part of a successful month, Toronto outscored opponents 122-114.
- Baltimore Orioles (75-87)
After what looked like might be a promising season at the start, the Orioles crashed and burned with a 7-21 record to finish. All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop fell victim to the September slump with a .230 batting average, just two homers and five RBIs.
- Washington Nationals (97-65)
There was no pressure on the Nationals to win any games in September, as they held a division lead as large as 21 games. In the meantime, they quietly won 16 games in preparation for the postseason, but complacency could have set in.
- Miami Marlins (77-85)
All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton cooled down considerably in September after scorching hot hitting in July and August. Even so, eight homers and 22 RBIs for the month is nothing to scoff at.
- Atlanta Braves (72-90)
The Braves must have been ready for the season to be over, because they finished 6-11 after Sept. 15, including dropping six of seven to end the season. September was Atlanta’s second-worst offensive month of the season with a .259 team batting average, .400 team slugging percentage, 28 homers and 129 RBIs.
- New York Mets (70-92)
After a season of tumult, the Mets finished on a high note by winning four of their last six. But the final game of the season pretty much summed everything up with an 11-0 blowout loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Philadelphia Phillies (66-96)
An August call-up from the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, outfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit the ball just about as hard in September as he did in August. Seven homers, 23 RBIs and a .505 slugging percentage makes this rookie a must-watch in 2018.
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