20) New York Yankees - .455 (15-18)
Coming off a season where they won the AL East, much was again expected from the Yankees. Instead, they find themselves third in the division and barely hanging onto a wild card spot. They've not been helped by their poor execution in close games, including going just 10-13 in one-run games. However, it's the Yankees, so don't expect many people to feel sorry for them.
19) Arizona Diamondbacks - .458 (11-13)
The Dimondbacks haven't done much in recent years, with just one playoff appearance in 11 seasons. So a 44-30 record and 2.5 game lead in the NL West must be a pleasant surprise for their fans. They're also just 3.5 games back themselves of the best record in the NL, which is impressive given their subpar record in close games. More focus on this area, and they'll be surprising more people around the Majors.
18) Cleveland Guardians - .475 (19-21)
The Guardians have been a consistent contender since Terry Fracona took over for the 2013 season. They've won four AL Centrals, been to the playoffs six times -- including advancing to World Series in 2016 -- and have just one losing season. This year has been a mentally draining one to date, with no one having played more close games in the Majors. Unfortunately for them they have a losing record in these contests, contributing to an overall record of just 34-38.
17) Boston Red Sox - .481 (13-14)
You know you're playing in the AL East, when a 39-35 record still has you sitting last in the division. Like the Yankees though, not many people will be feeling sorry for the Red Sox. Even less so, when you realize Boston is just 1.5 games out of a wild card spot. If they can improve on their 10-12 record in one-run games, they will continue to surprise one year after having the only losing record in the AL East.
16) Chicago White Sox - .484 (15-16)
Being just 4.5 games back in the division at this stage of the season sounds okay, until you realise you're just 32-43 and playing in the poorest division in the Majors. These are challenging times for the White Sox and their fans. For close games specifically, being 15-16 -- including 11-11 in one-run contests -- is actually not that bad for this team. Even a minimal improvement in this area could see them conceivably challenge for the AL Central.