higher pings when gaming

Can someone please explain to me why I'm pinging 90-115 to Chicago servers from Arizona? It shouldn't be that high when it used to be in the 60s consistently. It's very depressing to see someone connect from Scotland and play in the same server with sometimes lower ping. Don't even ask about NY servers, I might as well be playing internationally with the pings I get there.

I have a traceroute below. Is there anything I can do? It's really affecting my experience when other players are hitting 30-60 from all over the country. I'm plugged into the router directly (even tried directly to the modem as well) and besides this issue everything else is working really well now.

Tracing route to 97-66-128-38.clients.gthost.com [38.128.66.97]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1    <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  192.168.0.1
  2     9 ms     8 ms     6 ms  10.48.64.1
  3    19 ms    20 ms    31 ms  100.127.74.52
  4    37 ms    36 ms    49 ms  100.120.100.12
  5    10 ms    10 ms    13 ms  lag-103.bear2.phoenix1.level3.net [4.14.52.225]
  6     *        *        *     Request timed out.
  7    42 ms    45 ms    41 ms  gtt-level3-2x10g.losangels.level3.net [4.68.62.2]
  8    80 ms    80 ms    83 ms  xe-5-1-3.cr2-chi1.ip4.gtt.net [89.149.142.53]
  9    81 ms    80 ms    80 ms  ip4.gtt.net [69.174.9.238]
 10    95 ms    79 ms    78 ms  97-66-128-38.clients.gthost.com [38.128.66.97]

Trace complete.

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