MLB standings, visualized


I like to keep in mind just how small the gap in performance between MLB teams really is — even the historically greatest teams lost about 30 percent of their games, which is almost unique in sports. This chart of each team’s winning percentage (as of Saturday) shows how similar most teams are, as wins and losses that will decide pennant races are reduced to tiny slivers of a season-long pie. Baseball’s second-best team (Baltimore) and second-worst (Arizona and Colorado) are separated by just one win every five games.

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NL Pennant Races, 9/1




The Brewers have been out of first place for a total of four days this season — April 1-4 — but that will change tomorrow, after Milwaukee’s sixth straight loss and a St. Louis victory broke a deadlock atop the Central. Meanwhile, the Nationals are on another late-season tear, one that will actually affect the playoff race this year.

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AL Pennant Races, 9/1




The AL East was the league’s tightest division for the first half of the season, but the Orioles were the only AL team to hold first place throughout August. The Angels have extended their lead atop the West in the past week, leaving the Central, surprisingly, as the division with the most intrigue heading into September.

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