The Twinkies got themselves in an early hole and the Tigers and Sox were playing great from the start so it's gonna take a serious run to get into 1st place. I don't see it happening. They have to hope one of those 2 teams cools off big time and aim for the wild card.
Last season the White Sox had a 16 game lead on the Indians at the break and the Indians trimmed it to 1 game in September, and finally didn't make the playoffs with about 93 wins. So that Sox team did cool off mightily and struggled all September long.
The Tigers, well, I think they'll cool a little bit as well. I don't know if Kenny Rogers is going to lead that team to a division title. I guess we'll see. The only thing stopping me from saying that they are like last season's Nationals is that their pitching staff is very good. Young, but good.
I don't know if the Twins are gonna get a bat, but if they do, look out. That duo in the rotation with Nathan nailing down the ninth, they're formidable.
But they need a slugger.