The Hunt for October Watch 10/1
The final day of Major League Baseball play this season produced some wonderful results and made some of the races for postseason positioning get even tighter than they already were. Now that October is here, there are just three games remaining in the regular season and the postseason begins in four, anything can and will happen while these teams involved in the races are ratcheting their gears up to full throttle.
In the wild and crazy American League East race, both the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees were victorious remaining tied atop of the division with both teams having three games left. The Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-6 after rallying and scoring seven runs in the final three innings to pull out the win. The O’s defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-3 and now look towards their final series of the season against the Tampa Bay Rays who are involved in their own battle for the second AL Wild Card slot. The Yanks play their final series of the year at home against the Red Sox.
In the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 2-1 to extend their lead to three games over the Chicago White Sox, who lost to the Rays 6-2. The Tigers have their final series of the year on the road versus the Kansas City Royals while the White Sox are on the road against the Cleveland Indians. Detroit’s magic number to clinch the division is just one, so Chicago would need to sweep the Indians and have the Royals sweep the Tigers in order just to claim a tie of the AL Central.
In the AL West, the Texas Rangers hold just a two-game lead over the Oakland A’s following the Rangers splitting their double header with the Los Angeles Angels (losing the first game 5-4 and winning the second 8-7) and the A’s defeating the Seattle Mariners 5-2. The A’s also hold a three game lead for the second AL Wild Card over both the Rays and Angels and can clinch a postseason berth with either a victory over the Rangers or with losses by both Los Angeles and Tampa Bay. Ironically enough, if the A’s can win at least two of the three games over the Rangers in this final series, the two will be tied for the division lead. It’s going to be an interesting series.
In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 to maintain their two game lead in the race for the second NL Wild Slot over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who won against the Colorado Rockies 7-1. The Cardinals wrap up their season with a series versus the Cincinnati Reds, who have already clinched the NL Central while the Dodgers final series is against the San Francisco Giants, who have already won the NL West.
We could be headed for the best final three days of MLB action in the history of the league, so stay tuned!
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