(USA TODAY) -- The Boston Red Sox are in the midst of one of the dominant seasons in the history of baseball and have the opportunity to pour even more salt in the wound of their mortal enemy this week.
Needing just one win to clinch the American League East, the Red Sox head to the Bronx for a three-game set against the New York Yankees, which gets underway Tuesday.
With 12 games left to play, Boston starts the week with a 103-47 record.
Only six teams have ever won 110 games in a season, most recently the Seattle Mariners in 2001 – who the team tied the league record with 116 victories. This year's Red Sox are a good bet to join that club.
Here's how the Major League Baseball landscape looks as we get into the latter half of September, voted on by USA TODAY Sports' team of experts:
1. Boston Red Sox (–)
- Yankee Stadium clinch almost inevitable.
2. Houston Astros (–)
- Attn. Cy Young voters: Justin Verlander has now pitched 52 more innings than Chris Sale.
3. New York Yankees (-1)
- Aaron Judge easing back as soon as he can, but A's surge makes it feel like forever.
4. Oakland Athletics (+1)
- They should try "opening" with Blake Treinen before regular season ends. Just to see how it feels.
5. Chicago Cubs (-1)
- Willson Contreras, who has just nine extra-base hits since All-Star break, not helped by 30-day grind.
6. Cleveland Indians (–)
- Josh Donaldson has 2 hits in first 13 at-bats with Cleveland.
7. Milwaukee Brewers (+3)
- 5-11 mark against Pirates haunting them.
8. Atlanta Braves (+1)
- Mike Foltyniewicz looking like shoo-in for Game 1 playoff start.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (-2)
- They'll have Clayton Kershaw – and Kenley Jansen – for huge home series vs. Rockies.
10. Colorado Rockies (+2)
- 11-2 finish would net them franchise-best 93 wins - and probably their first division titie.
11. Tampa Bay Rays (+4)
- Team's solid season, ostensibly bright future should help drum up ballpark support.
12. St. Louis Cardinals (-4)
- Win Or Die Week continues at Atlanta.
13. Seattle Mariners (–)
- Four regulars (Dee Gordon, Kyle Seager, Ryon Healy, Mike Zunino) with OBPs of .289 or worse.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (-3)
- Have won just one series in the last month.
15. Philadelphia Phillies (-1)
- Solid season with disappointing finish sets up nicely for wild winter of spending.
16. Washington Nationals (–)
- Not since Justin Bieber have we seen a teenager smash records like Juan Soto.
17. Pittsburgh Pirates (+1)
- At this rate, Trevor Williams may rack up a Cy Young nod or two.
18. Los Angeles Angels (+1)
- Mike Scioscia bobblehead giveaway coinciding with final homestand.
19. San Francisco Giants (-2)
- 3.50 ERA ranks fifth in NL; 565 runs scored ranks 14th.
20. New York Mets (+1)
- Jeff McNeil Update: Has hit safely in 24 of his last 27 starts.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (-1)
- Winter decision looming on Kevin Pillar: Trade, keep, or non-tender?
22. Minnesota Twins (–)
- Are we witnessing Joe Mauer's swan song?
23. Cincinnati Reds (+1)
- Nick Senzel to play outfield in instructional league; figures to debut in late April 2019.
24. Texas Rangers (-1)
- Will finish last for second time in five seasons.
25. Detroit Tigers (+1)
- Should be fun getting extended look at Christin Stewart.
26. San Diego Padres (+1)
- Are we witnessing the dawn of the Francisco Mejia Era?
27. Chicago White Sox (-2)
- Daniel Palka, who debuted on April 25, leads team with 23 home runs.
28. Miami Marlins (–)
- Lewis Brinson has struck out 105 times and walked 15 times.
29. Kansas City Royals (–)
- Nine homers, 25 steals, an .801 OPS for Adalberto Mondesi.
30. Baltimore Orioles (–)
- "Brooks Robinson lauds Cedric Mullins" probably not a headline they expected this year.