If the playoffs started Monday, the Marlins and Tigers would be in, while last year's pennant winners - the Nationals and Astros - would not. Now for the reality check: Even after their impressive starts, Miami and Detroit have a long way to go. According to FanGraphs, the Marlins (7-3) still have only a 22.9% chance of making the 16-team postseason field.
In the meantime, outfielder Ramon Laureano and the A's -- along with the Houston Astros -- will see if Major League Baseball will issue any discipline for their dust-up. Laureano charged toward Houston bench coach Alex Cintron after being hit by a pitch Sunday at the Coliseum. Astros catcher Dustin Garneau left the dugout to tackle Laureano as the benches emptied.
The White Sox finally got to experience baseball's new extra-inning rule Sunday, and it did not work in their favor. After the game, both Rick Renteria and James McCann said they aren't fans of the new way to bring a rapid end to extra innings.