JJ: Two months ago, they were five games over with a +39 run differential. Today: 21 over, +107 run differential.
Tony: Class of the league since they took down the champs (OAK) in AL West.
JJ: Losing Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs could come back to bite them in September and October.Tony: Hottest team in baseball and Bryce Harper is finally starting to hit.
JJ: Still plenty of time to right the ship but they'll need to fast to avoid the one-game wild card playoff game of doom.
JJ: Enter the week 4 1/2 up on San Francisco and in real good shape out west.
JJ: Sweep the White Sox, then get swept by the Cubs. The only explanation: Gorging on Al's Beef on their off day Thursday made them logy.Tony: Holding off KC...for now at least.
JJ: One month to go. Don't blow it for this playoff-starved city.
JJ: While Oakland and Detroit get all the attention for having elite rotations, let's not forget about these guys.
JJ: Four games at Miller Park against St. Louis next week looking huge.Tony: Can't afford a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs, even with sizable lead in AL East.
JJ: Uh, guys? If you're serious about this playoff thing maybe don't give up 32 runs in two games to Minnesota.
JJ: These guys are battle-tested in September, which should bode well for their playoff hopes.
JJ: Given the seasons they're getting out of Posey, Sandoval, Pence, Bumgarner, Hudson and Vogelsong, kind of a wonder they're only fighting for a wild card spot.
JJ: Outside of six games against Washington, schedule sets up very nicely for them down the stretch.Tony: What would the Cubs want with B.J. Upton?
JJ: Seriously, these guys have a -34 run differential but have won four in a row and are only 3 1/2 out. Joe Girardi is a great manager.
JJ: Horrid road record (27-38) a big reason why they're five games out of a playoff spot.
JJ: Needed more out of Gregory Polanco this year, even if that's a big burden to put on a rookie.Tony: Carlos Santana since the All-Star break: .279/.408/.516.
JJ: If Kansas City makes the playoffs, they'll have baseball's longest postseason drought at 21 years.
JJ: Only four games out of a playoff spot heading into the last week of August. Pretty good sign for the future, at least.
JJ: Drew Smyly has a 1.55 ERA in four starts since the David Price trade.
Tony: Recent cold stretch makes playoffs a longshot.
JJ: Losers of 12 of their last 16, enter the week six games out of a playoff spot.
JJ: Among Bartolo Colon's teammates his rookie year: Charles Nagy, Jose Mesa, Marquis Grissom and Pat Borders.
JJ: Huh, they had Pedro Martinez 20 years ago. (#clickbait)
JJ: Despite Minnesota's issues the last few years, Ron Gardenhire is still there -- and is the second longest-tenured manager in baseball behind Mike Scioscia.
JJ: Minus the whole tarp thing, more good vibrations at Wrigley Field than a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch song.Tony: 3-game sweep, recent play proves these aren't the 2012-13 Cubs.
JJ: They're going to be stuck in the bottom third of baseball for a long, long time.
JJ: September should be fun, especially if Carlos Rodon is here.
JJ: Here's hoping some paperwork gets screwed up and Mario Balotelli winds up playing center field for them next year.Tony: 8 straight losses?? What is with the "Sox" teams?
JJ: Franchise needs a complete re-boot.
JJ: Play 17 games against Oakland/LAA/Seattle down the stretch, could be a spoiler.
JJ: Might have baseball's best offense...and wind up with baseball's worst record.
JJ: In honor of the Simpsons marathon, this sums up Texas' season.
MLB Power Rankings: Angels overtake A's, Nats on fire
August 25, 2014, 7:30 pm
Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz