State of the Races 9/29

On the last day of the regular season, the AL division leaders will all play meaningless games as Oakland’s loss to the Mariners on Saturday sealed the seeding at 1: Boston, 2: Oakland, 3: Detroit. Now who the Sox face in Boston on Friday for ALDS Game 1…well, that’s yet to be decided and could be quite the cluster. After 7 straight games wrecking Baltimore and New York, the Rays stumbled mightily in Toronto of all places, losing the series yesterday. Combined with the Rangers’ and Indians’ continuing surges (the Indians have won 9 in a row), the standings have shaken up quite a bit since Friday morning, as it’s now CLE: +1.0, TB –, TEX –. A tie between all 3 teams affords the most ridiculous outcome(s), but this Sox fan still prefers to see Tampa Bay iced as soon as possible. That happens if the Rays lose and the Rangers win. Cleveland just has to win to earn home field in the play-in game (and possibly wait for the outcome of the play-in before the play-in if TB and TEX end up tied). We’ll talk about who plays who and where and when after today’s matches are all in the books.

In the NL, the biggest piece of drama is gone after the Pirates won their second straight game in Cincinnati, clinching home field for the play-in game. All luck to them. Go Bucs. The only NL business that needs sorting is the #1 seed. St. Louis won and Atlanta lost yesterday, so the Cards are a game up to start the last day. If the Cards win, there’s nothing Atlanta can do, but if the Cards lose, the Braves would gain the 1-seed with a win, as they hold the tiebreaker.

Games that matter today:

Rays (Moore) @ Blue Jays (Redmond) 1:07 ET
Phillies (Miner) @ Braves (Teheran) 1:35 ET
Indians (Jimenez) @ Twins (Diamond) 2:10 ET
Cubs (Samardzija) @ Cardinals (Westbrook) 2:15 ET
Angels (Vargas) @ Rangers (Darvish) 3:05 ET

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