It’s remaining only three matches for most of the teams finish the regular season at the MLB. The last game day will be on Sunday, September 3, with all the 30 teams playing.
After that, the playoffs will start. Talking about it, only three franchises from the American League have their secured places in October: Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and Houston Astros.
Tampa Bay Rays
The best team from the conference, the Rays, clinched its spot some days ago, and it came together with the East American League title. With 98 wins and 61 losses (616 winning percentage), 841 runs for, and 645 against. Tampa will probably overcome the number of 100 wins in the regular season – the only one from the AL.
Despite some matches remaining, the team will wait for the adversary from the Wild Card (you can read a little more in the paragraphs below). In the regular season, the next challenge will be against New York Yankees, in NY, on Friday 1.
Chicago White Sox
With 91 wins and 68 losses, Chicago had no difficulty securing its place. They are the other team clinched at the playoffs and also was the Central AL Champion. This Division had the most significant difference between the first and second places since Cleveland Indians has 77 wins and 81 losses (less than 500 winning percentage). The next game in the league is on Friday 1, at home, against Minnesota Twins.
Chicago already knows that it will face the West Division Champion at the playoffs, Houston Astros. But the second better team from the Division will have the advantage to play one more game at home in the semi-finals.
After yesterday’s win against Tampa Bay (3 – 2), they were the last team from the two ahead to secure his place at the playoffs and the West title, with 93 wins and 66 losses. The next game will be at home, against Oakland Athletics.
On the other hand, four teams are still running for a place in the postseason. Three of them belong to the East: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays. Seattle Mariners is the other one.
New York Yankees
In second place from the Division, with 91 wins and 68 losses, the Yankees will probably be one of the teams in the Wild Card. On Friday, they will face Tampa Bay at home.
Boston Red Sox
With a 6 – 2 loss against Baltimore Orioles this Thursday 30, they lost the chance to get closer to the playoffs, with 89 victories and 70 defeats. On the day after that, the Yankees will face Washington Nationals. Just like the franchises ahead, any of them can be the best team from the Wild Card and play at home or the worst team and play away.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Canadiens are in fourth place and have the more complex situation among the other ones, with 88 wins and 71 losses. The next game will be at home, on the same day, against Baltimore Orioles.
After resting one day, the Mariners returns its attention in the last games to try the Wild Card spot. Now they have 89 wins and 70 losses. On Friday 1, they will play against Los Angeles Angels at home.