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Yankees still hold top spot

Yankees still hold top spot

The Astros and Yankees’ four-game series over the weekend provided great theater, and gave us what might very well be a preview of more drama to come in October. The series had everything — two walk-off hits by Aaron Judge, an Astros combined no-hitter (the second time they’ve done this at Yankee Stadium) and a dominant start by 39-year-old Justin Verlander, who is well on his way to building yet another Cy Young case. 

What the series didn’t do was impact either team’s division race. The Astros and Yankees both have built double-digit leads, and it would likely take an unprecedented collapse for anyone to catch them (especially in the AL West, where no other team is above .500). 

To find more compelling division races, we turn our attention to the AL Central. The surprising Guardians are maintaining pace with the Twins, who have a two-game lead. The NL Central is a two-team battle between the first-place Brewers and the Cardinals, who are a game back. And the NL West, of course, never disappoints — the Padres are defying myriad injuries to hang with the Dodgers, who lead the Padres by two games after their Sunday night win over the Braves.

Biggest jump: The Red Sox jumped five spots, from 13 to 8. Boston has the longest active winning streak at seven games, and they’re in first place in the Wild Card standings, ahead of the Rays and Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games.

Biggest drop: The Cardinals dropped three, from 8 to 11. They have lost 11 of their past 20 games, but have barely lost any ground in the NL Central.

1) Yankees (53-20; last week: 1)
DraftKings World Series odds: 4.5 to 1
The Yankees’ dramatic walk-off win on Judge’s three-run homer Sunday allowed them to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season, which is only three. There’s not much to quibble about when summing up the Yankees’ season so far, but given the speculation is already in full force about whether they can break baseball’s all-time wins record, any stumble gets attention. The Yankees, to put it mildly, did not have a good offensive weekend against the Astros, but they split the series and now get a little reprieve with the struggling A’s on deck for the next three games in the Bronx.

2) Astros (45-27; last week: 5)
DraftKings World Series odds: 5.5-1
In what is unquestionably their most challenging stretch — nine games against only the Mets and Yankees — Houston is so far 4-2. It’s been an eventful stretch so far, considering the Astros held the…

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