Let’s Go (Wild Card) Racing

September 23, 2021 Let’s Go (Wild Card) Racing

By: Carlos Alvarez

Rays Clinch, Yankees Rally, Cardinals Win 11th Straight & Red Sox Keep Pace

Add the Tampa Bay Rays to the playoff picture after a 7-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. The first AL team to join the postseason marks the fourth team officially into October, and the countdown to the MLB season finale is just a dozen days out. Multiple series this week grabbed our attention, and things are shaking up with limited time to make a move. Big winners on Wednesday included the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies and Cardinals. All five are firmly in the hunt for a playoff bid. Wednesday’s biggest losers included the Blue Jays, Mets and Padres — all now on the outside looking in. Here’s where they stand (along with some highlights) heading into the final 10 games of the season.

 

MLB Playoff Race

 

American League

AL East: *Rays (94-59)

AL Central: White Sox (85-66)

AL West: Astros (90-61)

Wild Card: Red Sox (88-65)

Wild Card: Yankees (86-67)

In the Hunt: Blue Jays (85-67), Mariners (83-69), Athletics (82-70)

 

National League

NL East: Braves (80-70)

NL Central: *Brewers (91-61)

NL West: *Giants (98-53)

Wild Card: *Dodgers (97-55)

Wild Card: Cardinals (82-69)

In The Hunt: Reds (78-74), Phillies (78-74), Padres (76-74), Mets (73-79)

 

*Clinch Playoff Berth

 

Additional Storylines

MLB: Yanks Rally to Move Into AL Wild Card Picture

Reuters: Cardinals Cruise Past Brewers for 11th Straight Win

CBS Sports: Rays Clinch 3rd Straight Postseason Berth With Win Over Rival Blue Jays

 

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