The Oakland Athletics are bringing back memories of Moneyball, where a 2002 low budget A’s team overachieved and ushered in a new way of thinking about baseball.
The 2018 A’s have roared to the top of the American League West, challenging the defending champion Astros and leaving the Seattle Mariners in the dust. This comes despite having a comparatively low payroll – $81 million less than Seattle in fact.
New York Yankees: $177,530,798
Houston Astros: $161,093,262
Seattle Mariners: $160,287,389
Oakland Athletics: $79,105,049
— Ari Shapiro (@ari_shapiro) August 19, 2018
In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals are the big movers, pushing the Brewers and Cubs in the NL Central as a number of pennant races heat up.
PENNANT RACES RANKED
The Cleveland Indians are virtually unbackable favourites as they currently lead second-place Minnesota by 10 games.
The Red Sox have finally cooled off a little bit, but still hold a big lead over the Yankees, who continue to have the second-best record in baseball.
$1.01 Boston Red Sox
$17 New York Yankees
Atlanta and Philadelphia have been the surprise packets all year and they continue to hold off the disappointing Nationals.
$1.57 Atlanta Braves
$2.50 Philadelphia Phillies
$10 Washington Nationals
Slumping Dodgers are still favourites to win the division, even with the Diamondbacks and Rockies playing much better baseball.
$1.91 Los Angeles Dodgers
$3 Arizona Diamondbacks
$3.60 Colorado Rockies
The Cardinals are as hot as anyone in baseball having pulled level with the Milwaukee Brewers and putting pressure on the division-leading Cubs.
$1.33 Chicago Cubs
$4.33 St. Louis Cardinals
$6 Milwaukee Brewers
The most gonzo of all the divisions, with the scrappy Athletics challenging the defending World Series champion Astros.
$1.45 Houston Astros
$2.50 Oakland Athletics
$26 Seattle Mariners