The 2018 MLB regular season is coming to a close this weekend and we still have some exciting baseball in store!
The National League is still unwritten in the Central and West Divisions, as well as the Wildcard race and the American League is pretty much set. Let’s take a look at the specifics.
The Colorado Rockies clinched their playoff berth with a 5-2 home win over the Washington Nationals. The win guarantees them no less than the second Wildcard spot, and the NL West title is still within reach if they can close out the Nationals at home. They can sew it up with a win today AND a Dodger’s loss as well. This is the 2nd year in a row making the postseason and if all goes well, the Rockies could be taking home their first ever franchise division title.
On the other side of the coin, the LA Dodgers are breathing down Colorado’s necks for that title. But they need to beat the San Fransisco Giants on Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the Rockies losing both those days to be victorious. The Dodgers have been division champs for 5 years running.
The Milwalkee Brewers are making a dramatic run for the NL Central division title. They are currently just one game back of the two-time defending champs, the Chicaco Cubs. The Brewers have been on fire lately, having won 24 of their last 34 games. The Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, while the Brewers go up against the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs and the Brewers have clinched a Wildcard spot so they’ll both be featured in the postseason, but the division title still hangs in the balance.
The Atlanta Braves clinched the division title a week ago with a record of 90-70. Home field advantage in the NL Division Series playoffs will most likely go to either the Brewers or the Cubs, but there is still a sliver of a chance the Braves could snag it. They are tied with the Rockies at 90 wins and both teams have two games left to play. As long as the Rockies drop at least one game to the Nationals, the Braves could have a shot at the home field advantage if they win their final two games against the Philidelphia Phillies.
Last week, the defending World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, watched as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland A’s with a fantastic walk off homer by Chris Herrmann in the 11th inning. This Seattle win clinched the AL West division title for the Astros, their second pennant win in two years.
The Cleveland Indians clinched their postseason berth ages ago it seems, extending their lead over the Minnesota Twins to over 15 games. This is by far the biggest gap in the league.
The two most popular teams in baseball could be meeting in the postseason for the first time since 2004. As it stands, the Boston Red Sox have won the division title, but the New York Yankees are going up against the Athletics in the AL Wildcard Game, at home, where they are the strongest. If they win that game, they will face the Red Sox for the 2018 ALDS playoffs.
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