This season the Hunt for October is truly something special, as there are still several teams involved in the race to earn a playoff spot. However some teams are beginning to fall off to the side and lose their positions in the race. Here’s a recap of all of last night’s action involving the teams who are still alive in the MLB Playoff races.
The Baltimore Orioles were shut out by the Toronto Blue Jays at home 4-0, while the New York Yankees lost on the road to the Minnesota Twins by a score of 5-4. With both teams losing the race for the AL East remains unchanged with the Yankees still holding a one and a half game lead over the Orioles. Baltimore still remains in the first AL Wild Card slot by a half game.
In the AL Central race the Chicago White Sox lost a tough one to the Cleveland Indians 4-3, while the Detroit Tigers blanked the Kansas City Royals 2-0 behind a dominant pitching performance by Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers and White Sox are tied up for first place in the division and either team can claim the crown.
The Oakland A’s knocked off the Texas Rangers 3-2 in 10 innings to close the gap in the AL West to four games. The A’s also currently sit in the second AL Wild Card slot by two games over the Los Angeles Angels who defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-4, and three games over the Tampa Bay Rays who were victorious over the Boston Red Sox 5-2.
In the National League the only true race that is still going on is that for the second Wild Card slot. With that being said, the St. Louis Cardinals (the team that currently sits in that position) defeated the Houston Astros 4-0. There are two teams that still have a legitimate chance at catching the Cards, and both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers lost last night to fall now four and a half games behind St. Louis. The Dodgers lost 2-1 versus the San Diego Padres and the Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.