Race for the Second Pick: The Stretch Run

Aug 8, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (right) commits a fielding error on a grounder off the bat of San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera (not pictured) as second baseman Darwin Barney (left) backs-up the play during the eighth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Since last we looked at the 2013 draft pick standings, the Indians have jumped into a fourth-place tie with Minnesota, but Colorado has jumped them in the standings. The Indians are a game closer to the Cubs, but time's running out, and there's only so many possible losses left. A devastating win last night will make their ultimate goal of the second pick even more difficult.

(Records through Wednesday's games)

Rk Tm G W L W-L% Strk R RA Rdiff SOS last10 last20 last30
1 HOU 143 45 98 .315 L 1 3.6 5.0 -1.5 -0.1 4-6 6-14 9-21
2 CHC 143 56 87 .392 W 1 3.8 4.6 -0.8 -0.1 5-5 9-11 12-18
3 COL 142 57 85 .401 L 2 4.7 5.4 -0.7 -0.1 2-8 8-12 16-14
4 CLE 143 59 84 .413 L 5 4.0 5.2 -1.2 0.2 3-7 5-15 7-23
5 MIN 143 59 84 .413 L 2 4.5 5.2 -0.7 0.2 4-6 8-12 10-20
6 MIA 144 63 81 .438 L 3 3.9 4.5 -0.7 0.0 4-6 6-14 11-19
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/14/2012.

Houston is close to clinching the top spot, but the rest of the top 5 picks could go to anyone. Here's what the contenders have on their plate this week:

(losses updated through Thursday's games)

  • Chicago (87 losses): 4 PIT (72-70), 3 CIN (87-57) - in theory this should be a good opportunity for the Indians to make up some ground, but the Pirates have really falled off over the past couple weeks.
  • Colorado (85 losses): 3 @ SDP (69-75), 4 @ SF (81-62) - I think with a good week the Indians should be able to overtake the Rockies; San Diego has a 25-14 record since August 1, and the Giants are looking to clinch the NL West title.
  • Minnesota (84 losses):3 CHW (76-66), 3 @ CLE (60-84) - Minnesota will get the first-place White Sox this weekend, then the showdown with Cleveland.
  • Cleveland (84 losses): 3 DET (75-67), 3 MIN (60-84) - The Indians got a break, as thanks to rainout Thursday they'll be facing Justin Verlander. The series with Minnesota should determine who finishes in a higher draft spot, because after that series, the Indians will have just 9 games left to play.
  • Miami (81 losses): 3 CIN (87-57), 3 ATL (81-63) - Miami is finishing strong, but it looks like they have too much ground to make up.
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