Dreadful series for Baltimore in Tampa Bay this weekend. They lost a tough one in 18 innings on Friday and have scored just 2 runs over these last two days. They sit at 4.5 out of the final WC spot with just 7 games to go. Yankees took 2/3 from the Giants but lost the finale which dropped them to 4 games out with 6 to go. KC took 2/3 from Texas but sits 3.5 out with 7 to go. It seems like a pretty bleak outlook for all of these teams.
In addition to the Rays, the Indians were big winners this weekend, sweeping the Astros and now sitting with 1.5 game lead on the Rangers for the final WC spot (this sure seems like a 2-horse race for the final spot). Cleveland's remaining schedule? 2 vs the White Sox and 4 @ the Twins. That's about as soft as it gets. Texas fortunately gets the Astros for 3 and then the Angels for 4, who I'm sure would just love to stick it to Texas.
In the NL, the Cards watched the Reds/Pirates beat up each other while they took care of business vs Milwaukee to enter the final week with a 2 game lead in the Central. The Reds/Pirates remain tied for homefield advantage in the Wild Card Game but each team still has a shot at the division. With the AL WC shaping up to be a 2-team race for the final spot (with the Indians as likely winners due to their lead and softer finish) this NL Central insanity will probably be the most interesting playoff race to watch over this final week..... and it all culminates with the Reds/Pirates meeting AGAIN for 3 (in Cincy) to end the season next weekend. Here's to hoping the division is still up for grabs by next weekend and Reds/Pirates 2.0 doesn't become a more boring (if still entertaining) "Who Gets Homefield Advantage In the Wild Card Game?" series.
The Dodgers, Braves, Red Sox, and A's all wrapped up their divisions while Detroit will do so very shortly. Enjoy the final week.
Edited by nmigliore, 22 September 2013 - 11:12 PM.