Posted by KilgoreTroutIII
The Pirates and Orioles are turning in Herculean efforts to catch the Nats in the Bryce Harper Sweepstakes, but it’s almost impossible now. After losing six in a row, the Pirates won Friday. The Orioles have lost an impressive eight straight, but even if they lost their remaining nine for a 17-game losing streak, the Nats would have to go 8-1 for the O’s to tie it. Pittsburgh’s win put them back to 5.5 behind with 10 games to go, meaning they would have to lose seven to tie an 8-1 Nats finish.
Cleveland and Kansas City have been eliminated. If they both lost every game and the Nats won all nine, they still couldn’t catch Washington. The Indians did all they could, too, going 1-9 in their last 10, but it wasn’t enough. And even with their current three-game losing streak, the Royals, who were once in second place, have fallen 11.5 games back with eight to go.
After Friday’s games, the standings:
The Bryce Harper Sweepstakes Race
Team Record GB STRK To Reach 60-102
Nats 52-101 .340 – L2 8-1 .889
Pitts 57-95 .375 5.5 W1 3-7 .300
O’s 60-93 .392 8 L8 0-9 .000