San Francisco finally gave up the ghost Wednesday, but Cleveland refused to die as did Colorado. Toronto and the Yankees are now "Prognosis Negative." And the Cubs and Dodgers stalled on their drives to get into the playoffs. Tampa Bay can clinch its first ever playoff spot with two wins this weekend against Minnesota.
Here are the magical numbers:
Cubs (NL Central) - 4 (Cubs lose to Brewers)
Dodgers (NL West) - 8 (Dodgers lose and Diamondbacks win)
White Sox (AL Central) - 9 (White Sox and Twins lose)
Rays (AL East) - 10 (Rays beat Red Sox. Rays magic number to clinch playoff spot is 3. If the Rays clinch a spot this weekend, then the magic number to win the division will drop one more as the Rays own a tiebreaker edge for the division over Boston with a 10-8 season series edge.)
Phillies (NL East) - 11 (Phillies win and Mets win)
Wild card leaders
Red Sox - 4 (Red Sox and Twins lose)
Mets - 11 (Mets and Brewers win)
Death or Glory? Bet on death
Colorado will be eliminated if the Dodgers win in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon. The Rockies are off. Cleveland would have been eliminated if it lost any of its three games to Minnesota. Cleveland can be eliminated Thursday ONLY if BOTH Chicago and Minnesota win. Toronto and the Yankees will live until Friday since Boston is off Thursday.
There's No Place Like Home
The Angels will clinch home field advantage throughout the postseason with a combination of wins and losses by Tampa Bay that adds up to 11. Tampa Bay would get home field against the Angels in case they finish with the same record. The team with the best record in the AL will get the option of picking which Division Series schedule to follow, one of which will start on October 1 and the other on October 2. The tentative schedule can be found here.
Games to be Played if Necessary
Cubs at Houston, Detroit at White Sox, both on September 29. Oakland and Baltimore also could make up a game on September 25.
The Race to #30
Remaining games left:
Washington (10) - 1 vs New York, 3 vs San Diego, 3 vs Florida, 3 at Philadelphia
San Diego (9) - 3 at Washington, 3 at Los Angeles, 3 vs Pittsburgh
Seattle (11) - 1 at Kansas City, 3 at Oakland, 4 vs Los Angeles, 3 vs Oakland
Thursday's Games of Note
Los Angeles (Kershaw) at Pittsburgh (Maholm), Milwaukee (Bush) at Chicago (Harden), New York (Santana) at Washington (Redding), San Francisco (Lincecum) at Arizona (Johnson), Chicago (Vazquez) at New York (Mussina), Minnesota (Perkins) at Tampa Bay (Shields)
Tampa Bay (12) - 4 vs Minnesota, 4 at Baltimore (includes doubleheader), 4 at Detroit
Boston (10) - 3 at Toronto, 4 vs Cleveland, 3 vs New York
Chicago White Sox (10) - 3 at Kansas City, 3 at Minnesota, 3 vs Cleveland, 1 vs Detroit if needed
Minnesota (10) - 4 at Tampa Bay, 3 vs Chicago, 3 vs Kansas City
Philadelphia (10) - 1 at Atlanta, 3 at Florida, 3 vs Atlanta, 3 vs Washington
New York (11) - 1 at Washington, 3 at Atlanta, 4 vs Chicago, 3 vs Florida
Chicago Cubs (12) - 1 vs Milwaukee, 3 vs St. Louis, 4 at New York, 3 at Milwaukee, 1 at Houston if needed
Milwaukee (10) - 1 at Chicago, 3 at Cincinnati, 3 vs Pittsburgh, 3 vs Chicago
Los Angeles (10) - 1 at Pittsburgh, 3 vs San Francisco, 3 vs San Diego, 3 at San Francisco
Arizona (11) - 1 vs San Francisco, 3 at Colorado, 4 at St. Louis, 3 vs Colorado