Wednesday's slate of MLB action features 15 games, including two of the day-game variety. Keep it up here for all the day's scores and news. Final scores Baltimore Orioles 8, Oakland Athletics 7 in 12 (box score) San Francisco Giants 4, Milwaukee Brewers 2 (box score) Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates (GameTracker) Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies (GameTracker) New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (GameTracker) Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets (GameTracker) Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds (GameTracker) Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays (GameTracker) Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians (GameTracker) Seattle Mariners at Atlanta Braves (GameTracker) Washington Nationals at Houston
Personally, it always seemed like one of the most bizarre sports rituals we have is trying to pick favorites before halfway through a regular season that actually requires six entire months to sort out who even will participate in the league’s playoffs. A look around the current status of the MLB standings as September prepares make its debut offers a wide range of teams who could qualify for the postseason. To further the point, it has been 17 years since the league has seen a team win consecutive World Series, when the New York Yankees were dynastic in the late 1990s into 2000. The time after the rubble of roster reformation via the trade deadline has settled, with a more appropriate look at the health, trends and conditions of each contender is the best vantage point of assessing playoff chances.
Eric Karabell ESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN contributor on TV, radio, podcasts, blogs, Magazine Charter member of FSWA Hall of Fame Author of "The Best Philadelphia Sports Arguments" Follow on Twitter The struggling offense of the Tampa Bay Rays entered Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays having scored a mere 47 runs in 19 August games. Put into perspective, that's 19 runs fewer than the next-worst team, the Philadelphia Phillies. As a result, it’s hardly a surprise that numerous Rays hitters were starting to show up on ESPN’s most-dropped list. Is that fair? Well, the Rays scored six runs to beat Toronto on Tuesday and several Rays produced, so let’s take a look at which Rays should