As we near the three-month mark of the season, the American League East is again proving to be the toughest division in baseball. All five teams are currently playing above .500 ball, the only division in the MLB with five winning records.
Let's take a tour around the AL East and see how the Blue Jays' competition has been doing lately.
Tampa Bay Rays, 54-27
Still holding first place, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to roll through the competition. Their .667 winning percentage isn't as impressive as the .793 mark they had at the end of April, but they're still the best team in baseball and 14-9 in June.
After a seven-game win streak at the beginning of the month, they have looked beatable recently, going 5-5 over their last 10 games. They lost two out of three to the San Diego Padres and went 1-1 against the Baltimore Orioles. Shockingly, they split their four-game sets with the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals, the bottom-dwellers of the standings.
On the season, the Rays still have a top-tier offense. They're second in team wOBA (.347) and first in wRC+ (127). Over the last month, however, the division frontrunners have slipped at the plate. They are sporting a 14th-ranked .320 wOBA in June, below the Blue Jays' 8th-best .327 mark, while both clubs have a 109 wRC+ over that time.
Despite a plethora of injuries to their pitching staff this season, the Rays continue to pitch at a high level, because of course they do. So far in June, they lead the majors in opponent batting average (.208) and slugging percentage (.349) and are fifth with a .286 wOBA against.
With the Wander Franco drama behind them, the Rays face a tough test this week as they travel to Arizona to take on the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. Hopefully, Corbin Carroll, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and company can slow them down so the Jays can make up some ground.
Next: Are the Baltimore Orioles for real?