The Wildcard races are becoming more clear as we are into the final week of the season. The NL is all but wrapped up, as Washington clinched their spot last night against Harper’s Phillies. Oh, the irony. The Brewers are in the second position, amazingly, without reigning MVP, Christian Yelich and an even run differential. They are 5 games up on the Cubs and Mets. One more win by them, or a loss by the aforementioned, and the two spots are secured.
The real story here is the American League race. Oakland, TB, and Cleveland are all within a half-game of each other. Oakland is in the top spot with 63 losses. TB and Cleveland have 64. One of these teams is going to feel extremely disappointed by Sunday. Oakland has 5 games left. 4 at Mariners. TB has 4, one at home vs the Yankees, and 3 at Toronto. Cleveland will finish with 2 at Whitesox and 3 vs the Nationals.
This all comes down to who can get hot and not have any mishaps. You have to think Oakland will take care of business vs Seattle. The question is, will Washington be resting starters in games vs the Indians that mean something? If they do, that could play to Cleveland’s advantage. I predict The Rays and Oakland get the job done and win the WC positions. Cleveland will fall just short.
Oakland will play in their park and win the play in-game.
Setting up a divisional matchup with Houston in round one.
Let the games begin! Don’t you love October?