The Reds and Pirates both got win #90 in hard-fought games yesterday (against the Mets and Cubs respectively), securing their place in at least the wild card playoff, while the Cardinals maintained their 2-game lead, winning against the Nats (and guaranteeing the Reds’/Pirates’ spots) and are sneaking up on Atlanta for best NL record (Braves: 92-64, Cardinals: 92-65). The Pirates and Reds actually face each other in Cincy in the last series of the regular, which I’m sure the Cardinals are happy about. The Cardinals are facing the Nats (who were eliminated yesterday from postseason contention) the next two days in St. Louis and then stay at home to finish the season against the Cubs…yeah, the Pirates and Reds get a couple bottom-feeders the next two days, but the Cardinals are sitting pretty in the overall scheme.
Oakland beat the Angels yesterday and are now 1.0 GB the Red Sox for best AL record. Oakland is fairly likely to hold the advantage in tiebreakers (that remains to be seen, as intradivisional play is one of the tiebreakers and OAK and BOS are close in that regard, and Oakland has 5 games left against LAA and SEA, while the Red Sox have 3 left against BAL), so the Red Sox need to win to secure their place. Detroit has still not wrapped up the division crown, though their magic # is only 2 (they play the Twins at. The Rays play the Yankees, Cleveland plays the White Sox, and Texas plays Houston today. KC (@Mariners), NYY (vs Rays), and BAL (vs Jays) look to keep hope alive, with their tragic numbers at 4, 3, and 2, respectively. Really hoping today is Oriole Elimination Day myself (with a Cleveland win, Baltimore loss).