The Rockies already have fireworks scheduled for the post-game on Friday. It could become an even bigger celebration. With both the Brewers and Cardinals losing on Wednesday, the Rockies could well be celebrating the wild-card by the end of Friday night. The Rockies Magic No. is 2 to clinch the wild card (combination of Rockies wins and Brewers losses) and one for the Cardinals, who were the opponent on Wednesday night when the Cubs clinched the NL East.
Both the Cardinals and Brewers play Thursday, which means the Cardinals would be eliminated with a loss in their series finale against a Cubs team that will probably not be at full force after celebrating the victory on Wednesday.
The Cubs clinching leaves the AL East as the only division title still to be decided, and both the Red Sox, who lead the division, and the Yankees, who are in second place, have clinched a post-season spot. To the loser goes the No. 1 seed for the AL Wild-Card.
And the Twins, sitting in the clubhouse in Cleveland after a 4-2 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night wound up in a celebration when the White Sox rallied to beat the Angles 6-4 in 10 innings, eliminating the Angels, the last team that technically had a chance to catch the Twins.
That leaves the NL Wild-Card and AL East title as the only two races waiting to be decided.
MLB’s Post-Season Situations
NL East: Nationals
NL Central: Cubs
NL West: Dodgers
AL Central: Indians
AL West: Astros
AL Wild-Card: Twins and Yankees or Red Sox
The Rockies are off on Thursday and then host the NL West champion Dodgers for the three games to wrap up the season. They could clinch without any help. At the most they would have to win two games, but then before Friday’s game against the Dodgers is even over the Rockies could clinch, if the Cardinals and Brewers both lost their games today, and then the Cardinals won on Friday night the second wild-card would belong to the Rockies no matter what happens against the Dodgers.
|Team||W||L||Pct||GB||Last 10||Magic #|
|y-D-Backs||92||67||.579||5 – 5|
|Rockies||86||73||.541||–||4 – 6|
|Brewers||83||75||.525||3||5 – 5||2|
|Cardinals||82||76||.519||4||5 – 5||1|
Rockies 15, Marlins 9
Cubs 5, Cardinals 1
Reds 6, Brewers 0
|Thur||Off||vs. Reds||vs. Cubs|
|Fri||vs. Dodgers||at Cards||vs. Brewers|
|Sat||vs. Dodgers||at Cards||vs. Brewers|
|Sun||vs. Dodgers||at Cards||vs. Brewers|
The Red Sox could clinch today if they open their four-game series against the Astros with a victory or if the Yankees lose their series finale against the Rays. The Astros have clinched the AL West, but they do having something to play for — home field edge throughout the AL playoffs. The Indians have a one-game edge on the Astros, but in reality the Astros are two games back because the Indians won five of six meetings between the two teams so the Indians have the tiebreaker.
|y-Red Sox||92||66||.582||–||7 – 3||Won 1|
|y-Yankees||89||69||.563||3||7 – 3||Won 3||2|
Yankees 6, Rays 1
Red Sox 10, Jays 7
|Thur||vs. Astros||vs. Rays|
|Fri||vs. Astros||vs. Jays|
|Sat||vs. Astros||vs. Jays|
|Sun||vs. Astros||vs. Jays|