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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with four days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with four days left

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Wednesday night was key in determining the final teams that will be playing in the MLB Postseason. A Wild Card spot was clinched and another is all but over.

Beating the Cardinals 5-1 in St. Louis, the Chicago Cubs claimed the National League Central crown for back-to-back seasons. Now only the American League East remains the only undecided division.

The Twins also will be heading to the MLB postseason this year due to a loss by the Angels against the Chicago White Sox. Minnesota will take the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

While their continues to be battles for positioning and home field in the American League, playoff races are all but over in baseball.

Only one spot in the postseason remains open and that is the second Wild Card in the National League, which is currently occupied by the Rockies.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Unable to take the second Wild Card after their 4-2 loss in Cleveland, the Minnesota Twins (83-75) had to wait for the Los Angeles Angels (78-80) to lose. Going into extra innings, the Angels eventually fell to the White Sox 6-4

Nicky Delmonico hit a walk-off two-run home run in the tenth inning for Chicago. Sending the White Sox’s division rival to the postseason for the first time since 2010.

Delmonico’s long ball would also end any hope for the Angels to make the postseason.

Minnesota cannot catch New York and are locked to be the visiting team in the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

There are still two races that remain in the American League. Both the AL East and American League home field is still open.

The New York Yankees (89-69) did not gain any ground on the Boston Red Sox (92-66), with both teams winning on Tuesday. Still ahead by three games, the Red Sox’s magic number for the East division is two with four games to go.

In no relation to the Wild Card, Cleveland and Houston are in a heated battle for the top seed and home field in the American League. The Indians are only one game ahead of the Astros. Tiebreaker would go to Cleveland if the two teams were to remain tied at the end of the year.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 28):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

In short, the Rockies won, Brewers lost, and Cardinals lost.

On Wednesday, the Colorado Rockies (86-73) solidified the spot as the potential third NL West team heading into the postseason. Meeting up with another big hitting team, them and the Marlins combined for 24 runs in a single game. The Rockies won the dual and might as well take the Wild Card with them.

Being shut out, at home by the Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers (83-75) have nearly killed their shot at the MLB postseason. Now back by 2.5 games, it is a dire situation by Milwaukee after such a promising first half of the year.

Colorado’s series with the Padres is done and today is the final off day of the regular season for them. Up next are the Dodgers who currently have nothing to play after wrapping up the No. 1 seed and holding a 2.5 game lead over Cleveland for overall home field in the World Series. Milwaukee finishes their series with the Reds tonight before traveling to St. Louis for three games to end the year.

The tiebreaker between the two teams would go the way of Colorado if they were to tie at the end of the regular season.

The St. Louis Cardinals (82-76) are holding on to dear life after falling to the Cubs last night. Now back 3.5 games, the Cardinals have to win every game the remainder of the way. First it’s the Cubs again tonight, then three against the Brewers.

Updating odds on the NL Wild Card, FanGraphs.com has Colorado at a 95.2 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee, shot their chances, falling to only 4.0 percent and St. Louis has a faint 0.7 percent to claim the second Wild Card.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 28):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.5
St. Louis Cardinals:               -3.5    

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with five days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with five days left

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In the span of a couple of games on Tuesday night, one MLB postseason race was re-ignited, one was almost wrapped up, and one saw no changes in the standings.

The Minnesota Twins rallied after trailing the AL-best Cleveland Indians 6-4 heading into the eighth inning. Brian Dozier delivered a pivotal three-run opposite-field homerun to put the Twins on top and have the team one win away from the postseason.

Surprisingly the American League East has re-opened up their battle after it appeared the Red Sox had taken care of business last weekend. The Yankees are riding a two-game winning streak while Boston has lost two straight.

In the race for the second Wild Card in the National League, all three teams won, essentially changing nothing as they move to five games away from the playoffs.

Only three postseason spots remain with six teams alive in the race.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

With the Minnesota Twins (83-74) improbable victory on Tuesday, three teams saw their postseason hopes dashed. The Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers will not be competing in the 2017 postseason.

Relying on multiple Twins losses the rest of the way, the Los Angeles Angels (78-79) did not gain any ground on Minnesota for the second Wild Card in the American League. The Angels took care of the White Sox handily with a six-run second inning in a 9-3 win. But with the Twins victory, that many anticipated would be a loss, Los Angeles is five games back.

Minnesota can clinch the second Wild Card berth out-right on Wednesday night with either a win over Cleveland or a loss by the Angels in Chicago.

Now seen as an after-thought in the American League Wild Card race, the New York Yankees (88-69) are guaranteed at least one home game in this year’s postseason. The team can place no worse than fourth in the American League bracket after a 6-1 win over Tampa Bay. Chasing the Boston Red Sox (91-66) for the AL East title, the Yankees are only three games back with five games to go. 

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 27):

New York Yankees:     +5.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
Los Angeles Angels:     -5.0                     
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Based on Tuesday’s results, the National Wild Card race saw little changes. One difference now though is how the race will play out in the final weekend.

Besides the Twins upsetting the Indians, the biggest shock of the night was the St. Louis Cardinals (82-75) holding on to beat the Chicago Cubs. Although out of the NL Central race, the Cardinals nabbed a crucial victory to stay within striking distance of the Rockies. Still a tough task ahead with the Cubs up for two more games.

Getting back in the win column, the Colorado Rockies (85-73) shutout the Marlins and the Milwaukee Brewers (83-74) held off the Reds.

Keep in mind that even though the Rockies have a decent 1.5 game advantage, they do face the Los Angeles Dodgers after two more games against the Marlins. However, the Dodgers claimed the No. 1 seed in the National League last night and seem to just be cruising to the postseason. Also the Cardinals and Brewers finish with a three-game series in St. Louis.

Entering today, FanGraphs.com has Colorado projected to win the second Wild Card spot at 74.1 percent.  Milwaukee, who still technically in the NL Central race, but five games back, sits at 18.9 percent. Rounding out the race, St. Louis has a mere 6.9 percent to claim the second Wild Card.

NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 27):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -1.5              
St. Louis Cardinals:               -2.5    

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with six days left

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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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AMERICAN LEAGUE

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                      

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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              

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