The Rockies open a three-game series against the NL West champion Dodgers at Coors Field Friday night with a Magic Number to clinch the second NL Wild-Card slot standing at two. That’s any combination of Rockies wins and Brewers losses. That means the Rockies don’t need any help. They just need to win two of three from the Dodgers.
The Dodgers focus obviously will be on getting everything in order for the opening of the NL Division Series against the team that claims the wild card. But Game 1 of the NLDS isn’t until a week from today — Oct. 5. As a result the Dodgers know they need to keep an edge, not just go through the motions.
The Brewers, meanwhile, close out the regular season with a three-game visit to Busch Stadium against a Cardinals team that was officially eliminated from the wild-card on Thursday night.
POST-SEASON LINEUP (based on Standings through Thursday)
AL Wild-Card: Twins at Yankees or Red Sox
NL Wild-Card: Rockies or Brewers at D-Backs
AL Division Series (best-of-five): AL Wild-Card at Indians
AL Division Series (best-of-five): Yankees or Red Sox at Astros
NL Division Series (best-of-five): Rockies or Brewers at Dodgers
NL Division Series (best-of-five): Cubs at Nationals
TO BE DECIDED
The Brewers remain held on for a 4-3 victory against the Reds on Thursday, keeping the Rockies Magic Number to clinch the wild-card at two. Now they head to St. Louis for three games against a Cardinals team, which was eliminated from the post-season by the Cubs on Thursday. Will the Cardinals suffer a letdown after the elimination? Well, it won’t matter if the Rockies stay focused and take two of three from the Dodgers at Coors Field this weekend.
|y-D-Backs||92||67||.579||6||5 – 5||Won 2||Clinched|
|Rockies||86||73||.541||–||4 – 6||Won 2|
|Brewers||84||75||.528||2||5 – 5||Won 1||2|
Brewers 4, Reds 3
Cubs 2, Cardinals 1 (11 innings)
|Fri||vs. Dodgers||at Cardinals|
|Sat||vs. Dodgers||at Cardinals|
|Sun||vs. Dodgers||at Cardinals|
It’s not like there is really a lot at stake between the Red Sox and Yankees. They have both clinched a post-season invite. What remains to be decided is whether it will be an invite as the division champion are the No. 1 AL wild-card seed. The one hitch is the wild-card has to host the Twins and beat them in a wild-card playoff game to get to the Division Series. The wild-card and the AL East champion neither have the home field advantage.
Whether that has led to both teams losing their edge remains to be seen. Both teams, however, did lost on Thursday — the Yankees 9-6 to the Rays, and the Red Sox 12-2 to the Astros. But then the Red Sox have to feel pretty confident. Their Magic Number is one.
|y-Red Sox||92||67||0.579||–||7 – 3||Lost 1|
|y-Yankees||89||70||0.56||3||7 – 3||Lost 1||1|
Rays 9, Yankees 6
Astros 12, Red Sox 2
|Fri||vs. Astros||vs. Jays|
|Sat||vs. Astros||vs. Jays|
|Sun||vs. Astros||vs. Jays|