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Seven spots left, eleven teams gone, ver 2.0
2008-09-16 21:31
by Bob Timmermann

No one was eliminated as the Indians pulled out a 12-9 win over the stumbling Twins in 11 innings. The Mets don't lead the NL East anymore, but they do lead the wild card. That news is not good for the Brewers. And there's a new leader for the #30 spot in the majors.

Here are the magical numbers:

Division Leaders

  • Cubs (NL Central) - 4 (Cubs beat Brewers and clinch with wins Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Dodgers (NL West) - 8 (Dodgers and Diamondbacks win)
  • White Sox (AL Central) - 10 (White Sox win and Twins lose)
  • Phillies (NL East) -  12 (Phillies win and Mets lose)
  • Rays (AL East) - 12 (Rays beat Red Sox and play each other for final time Wednesday. Rays magic number to clinch playoff spot is 6)

Wild card leaders

  • Red Sox - 5 (Red Sox lose and Twins lose)
  • Mets - 12 (Phillies win, Brewers lose, but Mets win to sneak in to wild card.)

It's a long drive, I do believe ... That these teams aren't going anywhere

Cleveland will be eliminated with a loss to Minnesota, although they do have Cliff Lee pitching. Colorado and San Francisco would both be eliminated if the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh. Either team would also be eliminated with a loss. The Rockies play a day game against the Padres. The Blue Jays and Yankees could be eliminated in two days.

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

The standings:

Seattle 57 93    .380
San Diego 58 94 1 .383
Washington 58 93 1/2 .384

Remaining games left:

  • Washington (11) -  2 vs New York, 3 vs San Diego, 3 vs Florida, 3 at Philadelphia
  • San Diego (10) -  1 at Colorado, 3 at Washington, 3 at Los Angeles, 3 vs Pittsburgh
  • Seattle (12) -  2 at Kansas City, 3 at Oakland, 4 vs Los Angeles, 3 vs Oakland

Wednesday's Games of Note

Los Angeles (Billingsley) at Pittsburgh (Duke), Houston (Backe) at Florida (Nolasco), New York (Knight) at Washington (Martis), Philadelphia (Happ) at Atlanta (Jurrjens), Milwaukee (Sheets) at Chicago (Marquis), San Francisco (Sanchez) at Arizona (Webb), Minnesota (Baker) at Cleveland (Lee), Chicago (Richard) at New York (Hughes), Boston (Wakefield) at Tampa Bay (Garza)

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