With just one day remaining in the 2012 MLB season you would think that the postseason picture would be completely in focus however there is still several situations that have yet be settled. The AL East and West are still completely up for grabs as is the battle for home filed advantage in both the AL and NL. Here are the results from yesterday’s action that had any postseason implications.
In the AL East race the New York Yankees were able to maintain their one game lead over the Baltimore Orioles by virtue of outlasting the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in 12 innings. Raul Ibanez was the hero for New York on this evening as his he blasted a pinch hit, two-run homerun in the bottom of the ninth to tie the up at three and send it into extras, but he wasn’t done then. Later in the bottom of the 12th Ibanez hit a walk-off RBI single into left field scoring Francisco Cervelli and giving the Yankees a 4-3 victory. The Orioles also were victorious over the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 to remain just one game behind New York with just one game remaining.
In the wild, wild AL West race the Oakland A’s defeated the Texas Rangers yet again, this time 3-1 and now the two teams are tied up for the division lead with just one game remaining. Today’s Rangers/A’s game will be a winner take all scenario and baseball enthusiasts could have asked for a more ideal situation. The winner of the game also has a chance to claim home field advantage throughout the postseaon if both the Yankees and Orioles lose today.
In the National League the St. Louis Cardinals have claimed the second Wild Card slot despite losing to the Cincinnati Reds 3-1. The Cards earned the spot when the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Francisco Giants 4-3. With Cincinnati’s victory they also remain in the hunt for home field advantage throughout the playoffs with the Washington Nationals who defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2. The Nats and Reds have identical records of 97-64 and both are looking to secure home-field during their games today.