Monday was not a good day if you were sitting just outside of the 2017 MLB Wild Card race. Every team that needed a win came up short.
Combined teams were 0-5 on Sept. 25 that were still alive, but chasing a postseason spot.
No positioning changed and no one locked up a playoff spot other than the St. Louis Cardinals being eliminated from the NL Central race.
Still, three postseason slots remain open, the NL Central title and a Wild Card spot on each side. Positioning in the AL East tightened and the race in the NL Central widened.
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It was a great opportunity for teams to catch up to the Minnesota Twins (82-74) on Monday for the second Wild Card spot. Minnesota was off, preparing for a massive series against Cleveland that could determine the American League Wild Card.
No team in the race took advantage though, every trailing team lost.
If any team benefited from the idle day from the Twins, it was the New York Yankees (87-69) padding their lead for the top Wild Card. The Yankees clobbered the Kansas City Royals (76-80) who are still mathematically alive. In that contest, Aaron Judge became the first MLB rookie to smash 50 homeruns in a season.
Most disappointing was the Los Angeles Angels (77-79) who fell to the lowly White Sox on the road. It does not sink their ship yet, but they definitely need some help from the Twins if they want to have any postseason shot.
The Texas Rangers (76-80), facing the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals (76-80) playing the Tigers, and Tampa Bay Rays (76-80) traveling to the Yankees, all face must win scenarios to make the MLB postseason.
Magic number for the Yankees to clinch the top Wild Card spot is down to one. The Twins can clinch a Wild Card spot with a win and a Los Angeles loss on Tuesday.
AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 26):
New York Yankees: +5.0
Minnesota Twins: ---
Los Angeles Angels: -5.0
Texas Rangers: -6.0
Kansas City Royals: -6.0
Tampa Bay Rays: -6.0
Arizona, Colorado, and St. Louis all lost on Monday. With the Brewers being idle, they were the only team in the National League Wild Card race that did not lose.
It does not matter how the Arizona Diamondbacks (90-67) finish the year. They are going to be the No. 4 seed in the National League Postseason and host the Wild Card game on Oct. 4.
Losing though to the Miami Marlins, the Colorado Rockies (84-73) could not afford to lose. Fortunately for them, the St. Louis Cardinals (81-75) fell to the Cubs and knocked the Cards out of their divisional race.
The Milwaukee Brewers (82-74) now play Cincinnati after gaining half of a game on the Rockies. St. Louis continues their tough series against the Cubs with three more games on the horizon.
NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 26):
#4 Arizona Diamondbacks: +6.0
Colorado Rockies: ---
Milwaukee Brewers: -1.5
St. Louis Cardinals: -2.5