Post-Season Countdown: NL Wild-Card Wildest Race

The Rockies could wake up Thursday morning in the midst of the only post-season battle remaining to be decided. The Magic Numbers have been reduced to one for the remaining battles for the NL Central, AL East and AL Wild-Card races. The Rockies, meanwhile, did reduce their Magic Number to clinch the second NL Wild-Card spot to four  with a 6-0 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night. 

A Look at the Post-Season Aiignment

Clinched

AL Central — Indians

AL West — Astros

AL — Yankees or Red Sox

NL East — Nationals

NL West — Dodgers

NL Wild-Card — D-Backs

NL Wild-Card

Coors Field

The Rockies know that the earliest they could clinch the second NL Wild-Card spot would be Friday when the open a three-game series at Coors Field against the NL West champion Dodgers.  If they wind up in a tie Game 163 would be on Monday at Coors Field if the Rockies tied with the Brewers or at Busch Stadium if the Rockies tied with the Cardinals.

Team W L Pct GB   Streak Magic #
y-D-Backs 91 67 .576 6  5 – 5 Won 1
Rockies 85 73 .538  4 – 6 Won 1
Brewers 83 74 .529 1.5  5 – 5 Won 1 4
Cardinals 82 75 .522 2.5  5 – 5 Won 1 3

Tuesday’s Results

Rockies  6 – 0 Marlins
Brewers  7 – 6 Reds
Cardinals  8 – 7 Cubs

Remaining Schedules

Rockies Brewers Cardinals
Wed vs. Marlins vs. Reds vs. Cubs
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

NL Central

The Cubs rallied but not enough to officially wrap up a second consecutive NL Central title with the hope of defending the world championship, which they won for the first time since 1908 last fall. The Cubs are in control, however, knowing if they clinch if they win, regardless of what happens with the Brewers.

Team W L Pct GB Streak Magic #
Cubs 88 69 .561  7 – 3 Lost 1
Brewers 83 74 .529 5  5 – 5 Won 1 1

Tuesday’s Results

Brewers  7 – 6 Reds
Cardinals  8 – 7 Cubs

Remaining Schedules

Cubs Brewers
Wed at Cardinals vs. Reds
Thur at Cardinals vs. Reds
Fri vs. Reds at Cardinals
Sat vs. Reds at Cardinals
Sun vs. Reds at Cardinals

AL East

Red Sox

The Red Sox and Yankees both know they are in the post-season. And the Red Sox can settle remaining uncertainity — which won wins the division and which one host next Tuesday’s AL Wild-Card game with a victory, having reduced their Magic Number to clinch the division title to one.

Team W L Pct GB Streak Magic #
y-Red Sox 91 66 .580  7 – 3 Lost 2
y-Yankees 88 69 .561 3  7 – 3 Won 2 1

Tuesday’s Results

Yankees  6 – 1 Rays
Blue Jays  9 – 4 Red Sox

Remainning Schedule

Red Sox Yankees
Wed vs. Jays vs. Rays
Thur vs. Astros vs. Rays
Fri vs. Astros vs. Jays
Sat vs. Astros vs. Jays
Sun vs. Astros vs. Jays

AL Wild-Card

The Twins victory on Tuesday officially eliminated the Angels, Rays and Rangers. And the Twins can clinch the second wild-card spot on Wednesday with a win, which would eliminate the Angels and Royals, the only remaining post-season hopefuls in the AL.

Team W L Pct GB Streak Magic #
y-Yankees 88 69 .561  7 – 3 Won 2
Twins 83 74 .529  6 – 4 Won 5
Angels 78 79 .497 5  3 – 7 Won 1 1
Royals 77 80 .490 6  4 – 6 Won 1 1
Mariners 77 81 .487 6.5  3 – 7 Won 2 Eliminated
Rays 76 81 .484 7  4 – 6 Lost 2 Eliminated
Rangers 76 81 .484 7  4 – 6 Lost 5 Eliminated

Tuesday’s Results

Yankees  6 – 1 e-Rays
Twins  8 – 6 Indians
Astros  14 – 3 e-Rangers
Angels  9 – 3 White Sox
Royals  2 – 1 Tigers
e-Mariners  6 – 3 A’s

e-eliminated by Twins victory

Remaining Schedules

Yankees Twins Royals Angels
Wed vs. Rays at Indians vs. Tigers at  White Sox
Thur vs. Rays at Indians vs. Tigers at White Sox
Fri vs. Jays vs. Tigers vs. D-Backs vs. Mariners
Sat vs. Jays vs. Tigers vs. D-Backs vs. Mariners
Sun vs. Jays vs. Tigers vs. D-Backs vs. Mariners
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