As we head to the All-Star break, division leaders across baseball are peeping over their shoulders to see where the nearest competition is.

Some will be gearing up for a battle the rest of the season, while others will be looking to pad their substantial leads. Let’s take a look at the American League division leaders, and the MLBbros who help drive these squads.

AL East

New York Yankees – 61-25, 14 games up

In a division that many picked as the toughest in all of baseball, the New York Yankees have been dominant this season. Their 61 wins so far are the most in baseball, and according to teamrankings.com the Bronx Bombers are on pace to win 108 ballgames. Their 146 home runs also lead all of baseball, but the Bombers haven’t been one dimensional. New York’s 58 stolen bases as a team currently ranks fourth in the bigs.

 

 

Aaron Judge has been a force in the middle of that lineup, but don’t let Judge’s insane power numbers take away from the season Giancarlo Stanton is having. Stanton currently has 22 bombs of his own and is currently ranked in the top percentile for exit velocity and barrel percentage.

AL Central

Minnesota Twins – 48-40, 4.5 games up

There were questions about the Twins chances to win the AL Central coming into this season, but so far Byron Buxton and the boys have answered them all. With Tim Anderson and the White Sox struggling out the gate, Minnesota has managed to claim first in this underwhelming division without much of a struggle.

 

 

Buxton has managed to stay relatively healthy, and as a result was named to his first All-Star game. He’s struggled in his last seven games, slashing .100/.206/.333 with only two home runs, but his 23 home runs still lead the team by 11.

AL West

Houston Astros – 56-29, 12 games up

After losing the World Series along with superstar shortstop Carlos Correa, there were many around baseball who wondered whether Dusty Baker’s boys would be able to make a run that resembles anything Astros fans have grown accustomed to. Not only have the Astros remained one of the best teams in baseball, but they’ve also continued to dominate the AL West.

 

 

Dusty’s guiding the Stros to what should be another deep playoff run, and left fielder MLBbro Michael “The Professional” Brantley has continued to be a consistent table setter for Houston. Over his last 15 games, Brantley is hitting .293 with a .817 OPS.

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