With the Red Sox currently 2 games out of the Wild Card, I decided to look back at where teams have stood at the break and at the end of the season. I looked back until the 2012 when they first instituted the Wild Card play-in game.
The only change was Oakland taking the place of Seattle for the final Wild Card.
Minnesota overtook Tampa Bay’s 1 game lead to move into the Wild Card. Amazingly enough the teams who led their respective divisions at the 2017 break, led at the end of 2017, the midway point of 2018, and at the end of 2018.
Boston caught Baltimore in the east to guarantee a best of 5 series. The 5 teams slated for the postseason in July were the 5 teams who made it in October.
Looking back, the 2015 season had the most movement of playoff teams in recent years. The Rangers moved from no-man's to take the West with a second half record of 46-28. The Blue Jays outdid that second half surge with a record of 48-23 to take the East.
The two California teams switched positions in the west and the Royals knocked Seattle out the final Wild Card spot.
The AL leaders stayed the same and Cleveland overtook Texas for the play in game.
The first year with the additional wild card had only the Yankees holding onto their division through the summer. Both Oakland and Detroit came from middle of the pack in the wild card hunt to winning their divisions.
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