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MLB Postseason 2017: Updated Wild Card Standings, 7 days remaining

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MLB Postseason 2017: Updated Wild Card Standings, 7 days remaining


The 2017 MLB Wild Card race is still undecided after over a 150 games throughout the regular season.

While the Yankees, Twins, and Diamondbacks did what they had to do this past weekend, the Rockies did not. Just like that the National League’s second Wild Card spot is wide open.

Only three postseason slots remain open, the NL Central title and a Wild Card spot on each side. Positioning and even the AL East are still up in the air but seven of the ten teams know they will be playing in October.

Things flipped this weekend. The American League Wild Card race calmed down and is essentially over, but the National League race is just primed for a crazy final week.



Heading into this past weekend’s match-ups the American League Wild Card was wide open. Ten teams were alive and many were in a position to make a run.

Well the Minnesota Twins (82-74) took care of business with a four game sweep of the Tigers. The bats opened up after an up-and-down month with 39 runs spread across their series. Virtually the Twins have wrapped up the second Wild Card. Their lead over the first team out is 4.5 games over the Los Angeles Angels (77-78).  If not wrapped up, Minnesota has padded their lead heading to a three game series in Cleveland.

With their success, three teams were eliminated in the Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and Oakland Athletics. Now only six teams are in the race.

The New York Yankees (86-69), despite winning only one game against Toronto, clinched their postseason berth. They have fallen back to five games behind the Red Sox in the AL East race, but maintain a 4.5 game edge over the Twins for the first Wild Card.

Salvaging one win against the Astros, the Angels are not done yet. Seven games are left for them with four of them being against the White Sox. The Kansas City Royals (76-79) end their schedule in an awkward fashion. First they play the Yankees on Monday before a three-game series hosting Detroit and then an interleague head-to-head with Arizona. There is a tall task ahead for the Texas Rangers (76-79), facing the Houston Astros when there is no room for error.


New York Yankees:     +4.5
Minnesota Twins:           ---
Los Angeles Angels:     -4.5
Texas Rangers:             -5.5
Kansas City Royals:      -5.5
Tampa Bay Rays:          -6.0
Seattle Mariners:           -7.0


Somehow the National League Wild Card race did not tighten up this weekend. It has however set up the race for an incredible finish to the 2017 season.

What we do know now though, essentially the only way for the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals to get into the postseason is through the Wild Card.

A sizable lead has put the Arizona Diamondbacks (90-66) as the only team in the majors that knows their postseason fate. Arizona locked up the top Wild Card spot and will host the National League Wild Card game on Oct. 4.

Their opponent still remains a mystery.

The Colorado Rockies (84-72) were in a good spot but only claimed two of four from the Padres. Now the Rockies host Miami, a long-ball hitting team in a hitters ball park, and have to face the Los Angeles Dodgers to end the season.

Waiting for the end of season slip, the Milwaukee Brewers (82-74) play Cincinnati and the St. Louis Cardinals (81-74). Now almost out of the Central race, the Cardinals first play the Cubs before their season finale against Milwaukee.


Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:             ---
Milwaukee Brewers:         -2.0
St. Louis Cardinals:          -2.5


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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."