With only roughly 12 games left for all teams in Major League Baseball the games become more and more crucial. Certain teams have already punched their tickets into the postseason but some teams are still jockeying for those wild card spots and the coveted division title (pennant) which always insures a franchise a chance to get to the Fall Classic. A power shift is occurring as the fabled Yankees, and last year’s champs, The Boston Red Sox are out of playoff contention. The Yankees are only 5 games behind the Kansas City Royals but with 12 games they will have to go on quite a tear and pray for some help. Rest assured that drastic changes will be forthcoming for both teams.
The hometown faithful Atlanta Braves (75-74) are not completely out of the running either. The Braves have a smaller hole to climb out of than the Yankees albeit it is still a tall order indeed. The Pittsburgh Pirates lead by defending NL MVP Andrew McCutchen are only 4 games ahead of the Braves for the final National League Wildcard spot with 13 more games to play for each team. So for Atlanta every game is a do or die contest. For Atlanta their pitching which is what they have been built on in their hayday needs a serious face lift. The Pirates have bigger worries because their division rivals the Milwaukee Brewers lead by sluggers Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, and Mark Reynolds are only 1.5 games behind the Pirates with a 78-72 record. It will be very interesting to see how the MLB season will end and who well earn a spot in the playoffs.
The Seattle Mariners are only 3 games behind the Oakland A’s but they have quite a mountain to climb in the American league because the Oakland A’s have a 3 game series with the league’s worst team, the Texas Rangers. Of course the Mariners are faced with the top dog in the MLB The Anaheim Angels who have made their outstanding fielding a staple for their success this season lead by ace pitchers Jered Weaver, Matt Shoemaker, and Garrett Richards. Robinson Cano will really have to prove his worth as he is having an off year as a slugger but still retains a stellar batting average (14 HR 77 RBIs .321 BA). We really will need to see the Cano from the past four years (Yankee Cano) if Seattle has any chance of sweeping the Angels. -BoSo
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MLB’s 10-team postseason field includes 2 Wild Card clubs meeting in a 1-game playoff in each league for the right to compete in the Division Series.
The bracket below shows what the MLB postseason bracket would be if the regular season ended as of Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:15 a.m.