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Old 09-20-2021, 07:35 PM
 
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Back to 5 teams this year only after the 8 that entered last year. Most teams have between 9-12 games left this year. Only the Indians (14 games remaining) and the Braves (15 left) are the outliers in this list and here's where we stand on the evening of September 20:

In the AL east, Tampa leads Boston by 6.5 games, Blue Jays are 7.5 back, Yankees are 9 back, and the Orioles are eliminated from the division race. The Rays have a magic number of 6 to clinch the division, the Jays have an elimination number also of 6, and the Yankees tragic number in the division sits at 4.
In the AL Central, the White Sox lead Cleveland by 11.5 games and have a magic number of 3 in the division, while Detroit, KC and Cleveland have all been eliminated.
Over in the West, the Astros lead the A's by 6 and the Mariners by 8, while the Angels and Rangers have been eliminated from the division race. Astros have a magic number of 8 over the A's, while the Mariners have an elimination number of 6 in the division.
Going to the NL, and the West, the Giants lead the Dodgers by 1 game in the division, and the Padres, Rockies, and D'Backs have been eliminated from the division, and the Giants magic number still sits at 12, but both the Giants and Dodgers have clinched playoff spots.
In the Central, this is also a runaway like the AL counterparts: The Brewers, having already clinched a playoff spot lead the Cardinals by 11.5 games, and the Reds, Cubs, and Pirates have been eliminated. The Brewers magic number is 3 meaning the Brewers will lock up the division with a series split this week vs. the Cardinals, and even if they only win 1 game will clinch no worse than a tie at seasons end.
It's a little closer over in the NL East where the Braves lead the Phillies by 2 and the Mets by 5.5 with the Marlins and Nats eliminated from the division race. Braves have a magic number of 13 over the Phillies and the Mets have an elimination number of 9.

Over in the NL Wildcard: The West runner up between the Giants and Dodgers have clinched home field in the Wildcard game, and the Cardinals are currently in the 2nd spot and the Reds are 3 back, Padres and Phillies are 3.5 back, Mets 7 back, Rockies 9.5 back, and the Cubs are 13 back: Marlins, Nats, Pirates, and D'Backs are all eliminated from postseason play. Reds, Phillies, and Padres all have an elimination number of 11, Mets sit at 7, Rockies sit at 5, and the Cubs have an elimination number of 1.
In the AL Wildcard: Boston leads Toronto by 1 game for home field, Yankees are 1.5 back, Oakland 2 back, Seattle 4 back, Cleveland 10.5 back, Angels 12 back, and Tigers 12.5 back; KC, Minnesota, Texas, and Baltimore have all been eliminated from postseason play. Yankees and Oakland have an elimination number of 12, Seattle's sits at 10, Cleveland at 4, Angels at 2, and the Tigers have an elimination number of 1.

The schedule for tonight: Rays host the Jays for 3; Cleveland hosts KC for 4, including a double header, Reds play host to the Pirates for 3 games, Tigers host the White Sox for 3, Brewers host the Cards for a 4 game series, Yankees host the Rangers for 3 games, Phillies host the Orioles for a 3 game interleague series, Angels host the Astros for 4 games, A's play an important 4 game home set with the Mariners, and the Braves visit the desert for 4 in Phoenix. I'll update this thread after tonight's games go final, and try to update it every night thereafter!
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Old 09-20-2021, 09:23 PM
 
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Amazing the Giants have had the season they have had so far. At the start of the year one would expect the Padres to be in that position, but they seem to be imploding. Losing games and fighting in the dugout. As I have said before I believe that MLB should expand the post season more like other major sports. In the NL the team with the 2nd best record in all of baseball will have to play one wildcard game to decide if they are worthy to go on. After 162 games that just seems wrong. Should we not have the best teams not ones that got lucky because their division was not that good?
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Old 09-20-2021, 10:27 PM
 
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If anything, the wildcard game should be a best of 3. I'm fine keeping the number of teams as is, but I have a good feeling with the new CBA it will get expanded by a couple teams probably to 7 or 8. It's a 162 game season, I don't want barely .500 teams in the playoffs. And this stuff happens all the time. The NL East winner may not get to 90 wins, while the NL West runner up in all likely gets close to 105 if not more, but it comes in cycles. In 2006, the NL West winner was 82-80. In 2003, the Mariners had like the 5th best record in baseball, but because they were only the 3rd best team record wise in their division they missed the playoffs in the 1 wildcard era.
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Old 09-21-2021, 12:20 AM
 
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In results from Monday night:
Rays beat the Jays 6-4, Mariners grab a win in Oakland 4-2, Indians got swept in a double header by the Royals losing game 1 7-2 and game 2 4-2, Cards grab the opener of the 4 game set in Milwaukee 4-2, Red beat the Pirates 9-5, White Sox lost a close one to the Tigers 4-3, Phillies were shut out by Baltimore 2-0, Yankees edged the Rangers 4-3, Astros shut out the Angels 10-0, and the Braves beat the D'Backs 6-4.
In the East, the Rays magic number over Boston drops to 5, it goes to 4 over Toronto and to 3 over the Yankees.
In the Central, the Indians have a tragic number of 2 in the division; the White Sox can clinch the first division title this year with a win over the Tigers and an Indians loss on Tuesday.
In the West the A's elimination number goes to 6, and the Mariners drops to 5.
Nothing changed in the NL West as both the Giants and Dodgers were off.
In the Central, the Brewers magic number remains at 3.
Over in the East, the Braves magic number over the Phillies drops to 11, and the Mets falls to 8.

In the NL Wildcard, the Reds and Padres elimination number falls to 10, Mets elimination number falls to 6, Rockies drop to 4, and despite not playing with the Cards win in Milwaukee, the Cubs have been officially eliminated, so they join the D'Backs, Pirates, Nats, and Marlins on the NL sidelines so I will remove them from the page.
The AL Wildcard sees the Yankees elimination number stay at 12, but they move a half game back of the Jays, the A's falls to 11 and the Mariners stays at 10. Cleveland's drops to 3, while the Angels join the Tigers with an elimination number of 1. At least Cleveland will remain on the board past tomorrow but either a Blue Jays or Yankees wins or losses by the Angels or Tigers would officially eliminate the Halo's and Hinch's bunch, but at least I will leave them on the page for an extra day.

Every series that was in action on Monday will continue on Tuesday. Series that start on Tuesday include a big Interleague series at the Fens between the Mets & Red Sox, the Dodgers visiting Denver to play the Rockies, and perhaps the Padres last stand, as they host a pair of division leaders in their final home stand of the year which starts with 3 against the division leading Giants.
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Old 09-21-2021, 09:30 AM
 
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If anything, the wildcard game should be a best of 3. I'm fine keeping the number of teams as is, but I have a good feeling with the new CBA it will get expanded by a couple teams probably to 7 or 8. It's a 162 game season, I don't want barely .500 teams in the playoffs. And this stuff happens all the time. The NL East winner may not get to 90 wins, while the NL West runner up in all likely gets close to 105 if not more, but it comes in cycles. In 2006, the NL West winner was 82-80. In 2003, the Mariners had like the 5th best record in baseball, but because they were only the 3rd best team record wise in their division they missed the playoffs in the 1 wildcard era.

If you want to keep the wild card then do it by record only. The top 3 teams don't have to play a wild card game. Teams 4 and 5 do. Teams should be rewarded for having a good record not just being in a weak division.


This year in the NL. SF, LA and Milwaukee are clearly better than everyone else and should be rewarded for that. Atlanta should not be rewarded.
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Old 09-21-2021, 04:35 PM
 
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Amazing the Giants have had the season they have had so far. At the start of the year one would expect the Padres to be in that position, but they seem to be imploding. Losing games and fighting in the dugout. As I have said before I believe that MLB should expand the post season more like other major sports. In the NL the team with the 2nd best record in all of baseball will have to play one wildcard game to decide if they are worthy to go on. After 162 games that just seems wrong. Should we not have the best teams not ones that got lucky because their division was not that good?
If you expand the playoffs there is no point in having a 162 game season. I would just be more in favor of 3 straight games in one city for the WC game. The 1 game elimination does suck. As a Dodgers fan though I can't ***** the first year it happens to us because that would just sound pathetic.
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Old 09-22-2021, 01:47 AM
 
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Scores from Tuesday around the league: Mariners win again in Oakland 5-2, Giants get a comeback win in San Diego with a run in the 9th to win 6-5, Blue Jays win in Tampa 4-2, Cleveland beats KC 4-1, St. Louis wins again in Milwaukee 2-1, Tigers beat the White Sox again 5-3, Reds lose to the Pirates 2-6, Phillies get a walk off in the 10th to beat Baltimore 2-1, Yankees beat the Rangers 7-1, Boston defeats the Metropolitans 6-3, Dodgers win in extras over the Rockies 5-4, Astros beat the Angels 10-5, and the Braves defeat the D'Backs 6-1.

In the AL east the Rays magic number stays at 5 over Boston, 4 over Toronto and 3 over the Yankees, and have a magic number of 9 for home field throughout the AL playoffs.
In the AL Central, the White Sox remain with a magic number of 2 over Cleveland. For the second straight day they can be the first team to clinch a division title if they beat Detroit and Cleveland loses to KC on Wednesday.
In the AL West, the Mariners tie the A's for second as both teams have an elimination number in the division of 4, and the Astros have a magic number of 7 to clinch home field in the first round
NL West has the Giants remain 1 up and have a magic number of 11. Giants have a magic number of 5 for homefield throughout the NL, and a magic number of 6 for home field throughout the playoffs.
NL Central has the Brewers maintaining their magic number of 3 and can still win the division if they win the next 2 games of this series.
In the NL east, the Braves magic number to clinch a 4th straight division sits at 10, while the Mets elimination number in the division now sits at 6.

The NL Wildcard is about done and dusted as the Cards have opened a 4 game lead on their nearest pursuer and have a magic number of 8 to clinch a wildcard, Mets elimination number is 4, while the Rockies is down to 2, meaning a Rockies loss and a Cards win Wednesday will see the Roxs officially eliminated from the postseason party.
Over in the AL Wildcard: The Yankees (elimination number of 11) and Blue Jays (elimination number of 12) are in a virtual dead heat. A's and Mariners elimination number stands at 9 in the Wildcard chase, Cleveland drops to an elimination number of 2 meaning if they lose they just need 1 of Toronto or New York to win Wednesday to be eliminated. Boston meanwhile has a magic number of 10 to host the Wildcard game. Both the Yankees and Jays were winners which mathematically eliminated the Angels and Tigers from postseason contention so they will join the Royals, Twins, Rangers and Orioles on the sidelines in the AL, and will drop off the page.

All series on Tuesday continue on Wednesday. In the afternoon session, the White Sox for a 3rd straight day can lock up at least a tie for the AL Central
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Old 09-22-2021, 09:08 PM
 
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The three main teams I root for are the Giants, the A's, and the Astros.

It doesn't look as though the A's will make it.

I hope the World Series will be between the Giants and the Astros.

That's a win-win for me. Either we'd get another parade here in Houston, or many members of my family would get another one in San Francisco.
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:22 AM
 
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I hope the Mets make it to the playoffs. But at this point, I think that is just wishful thinking…
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Old 09-23-2021, 01:37 AM
 
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Results from Wednesday; Mariners win a 3rd straight in Oakland 4-1, Giants survive a late padres rally to win the series in San Diego, Rays are the first AL team to make the playoffs as they beat the Jays 7-1, Royals/Indians, White Sox/Tigers, Reds/Pirates were all postponed and all games will be made up on Monday, Cardinals win 10-2 in Milwaukee, Phillies beat the Orioles 4-3, Yankees sweep the Rangers with a 7-3 win at the Stadium, Boston beat the Mets 12-5, Dodgers lose to the Rockies 10-5, Astros win in 12 over the Angels 9-5, and the Braves beat the D'backs 9-2.

In the AL East, the Rays magic number goes to 4, and the Jays and Yankees have an elimination number in the division of 2.
Both the White Sox and Indians were rained out so nothing changes in the Central. White Sox remain with a magic number of 2, and for the 4th straight day have the potential to be the first team to win a division title. They'll play 5 games in Cleveland this weekend including a double header Thursday and they need just 1 win to win the division.
Astros magic number goes to 3 in the division, while the A's elimination number in the division stands at 2.
For home field, the Rays have a magic number of 8 for home field throughout the AL PLayoffs, and the Astros have a magic number of 6 for home field in the first round.
In the NL West, Giants magic number drops to 9.
NL Central Brewers magic number remains at 3 as they will be unable to win the division outright this series.
NL East, Braves magic number is 9, and the Mets elimination number is 4.
For home field, Giants have a magic number of 3 for home field throughout the NL, and 5 throughout the playoffs, while the Brewers have a magic number of 2 for home field in the first round.

NL Wildcard Cards magic number drops to 7 over the Reds and Phillies, Padres elimination number is 6, Mets elimination number is 2, and the Rockies is at 1.
Over in the AL Wildcard, the Yankees have jumped the Jays in the standings and they now hold the 2nd WC spot, Toronto has an elimination number of 10, Mariners stands at 8, A's at 7, and Cleveland has an elimination number of 1.

Series for Thursday: Mariners finish the series in Oakland, Giants finish the series in San Diego, Cards finish the series in Milwaukee, Dodgers finish the series in Denver, Braves finish the series in Arizona, Astros finish the series in orange County, and new weekend series that kick off on Thursday include the Blue Jays going to the Twin Cities, the Reds hosting the Nats, and the White Sox heading to Cleveland for a 5 game set which includes a double header on Thursday
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