AL wild-card race shaping up to be one of the best

Kelvin Kuo / USA TODAY Sports

This is what Major League Baseball wanted when it added a second wild-card spot heading into the 2012 season.

With eight weeks to go in the regular season, nine teams are within 6 1/2 games of the top wild-card spot, and seven teams are within four games of the second wild-card position.

AL WILD-CARD STANDINGS

TEAM W-L PCT WCGB
Yankees 61-54 .530 +2.5
Angels 60-58 .508 --
Twins 58-57 .504 0.5
Mariners 59-59 .500 1.0
Rays 59-59 .500 1.0
Royals 58-58 .500 1.0
Orioles 58-59 .496 1.5
Rangers 56-59 .487 2.5
Blue Jays 55-61 .474 4.0

Since the second wild card was introduced, there hasn't been this many teams within four games of a playoff spot in mid-August as there are this season.

According to Fangraphs' playoff probabilities Sunday, the wild-card game will be held in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and Mike Trout's Los Angeles Angels.

FANGRAPHS' PLAYOFF PROBABILITY

TEAM WC%
Yankees 59.4%
Angels 27.1%
Rays 23.7%
Royals 19.4%
Twins 16.2%
Mariners 15.5%
Orioles 10.2%
Rangers 9.5%
Blue Jays 4.6%

The Yankees lost in the 2015 wild-card game to the Astros, while the Angels haven't reached the postseason since 2014, and haven't won a playoff game since Trout broke into the league in 2011.

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