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Playoff watch: A’s ache, M’s achieve in WC race

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In a light-weight slate of video games Monday, the ultimate contest of the night time had implications for the American League Wild Card race. The Mariners hosted the A’s at T-Mobile Park, with Oakland’s postseason hopes on life help and Seattle needing a win to stay within the thick of the race. The Mariners received in a rout, 13-4, thanks largely to Mitch Haniger, who launched a pair of three-run homers to provide him a career-high six RBIs within the victory.

The win moved Seattle to 1 1/2 video games behind the Red Sox for the second AL Wild Card spot, with the Blue Jays additionally forward of them by a half-game. The Mariners wish to lastly finish the longest energetic postseason drought in MLB by reaching the playoffs for the primary time since 2001.

The loss dropped the A’s to three 1/2 video games behind Boston, and their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread with solely 5 video games remaining.

Heading into Tuesday, the warmth is on in each the NL West and NL East divisions — the Giants lead the Dodgers by two video games within the West, whereas the Braves lead the Phillies by 2 1/2 video games within the East as the 2 meet for a head-to-head sequence. And within the AL Wild Card race, an enormous sequence between the Yankees and Blue Jays begins in Toronto.

While lots can occur within the standings between now and when the postseason begins on Oct. 5, here’s what the playoff image seems to be like heading into Tuesday.

Reminder: While Major League Baseball expanded the postseason discipline to 16 groups for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, there as soon as once more will probably be solely 10 playoff groups in 2021. Both the AL and NL could have three division winners and two Wild Card groups, who will face off in a win-or-go-home Wild Card Game for the appropriate to advance to the Division Series.

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY:
AL Wild Card Game (Oct. 5)

Red Sox at Yankees

NL Wild Card Game (Oct. 6)
Cardinals at Dodgers

AL Division Series (begins Oct. 7)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Rays
White Sox at Astros

NL Division Series (begins Oct. 8)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Giants
Braves at Brewers

WHO HAS CLINCHED: Giants, Dodgers, Brewers, Rays, White Sox

WHO IS NEXT: The Cardinals’ magic quantity to clinch the second NL Wild Card spot is one, which means they may punch their postseason ticket with a victory or losses by each the Reds and Phillies. The Astros’ magic quantity to clinch the AL West is 2, which means they will clinch the division with a win and a Mariners loss.

Tight races to observe
NL West: Giants lead Dodgers by two video games
NL East: Braves lead Phillies by 2 1/2 video games

ALDS Home Field:
The Astros lead the White Sox by 2 1/2 video games for home-field benefit within the ALDS. Houston owns the tiebreaker.

AL Wild Card:
The Yankees personal the highest AL Wild Card spot, with the Red Sox a sport behind them and in line for the second Wild Card. Boston holds the tiebreaker for home-field benefit by advantage of profitable the head-to-head season sequence in opposition to New York. The Blue Jays are one sport again of the Red Sox for the second spot, whereas the Mariners are 1 1/2 video games again.

NL Wild Card:
The Cardinals lead the Reds by 5 1/2 video games for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Trending up: The Yankees have received six straight video games and are coming off their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park since 2015.

Trending down: The Astros have misplaced 4 in a row after the A’s swept them this previous weekend, holding the White Sox in play for the AL’s No. 2 total seed.

CONTENDER BREAKDOWN
Clinched postseason berth:
Dodgers, Giants, Brewers, Rays, White Sox
Almost there (90% postseason odds or higher, per FanGraphs):
Cardinals, Astros
In fine condition (50-89% postseason odds):
Braves, Red Sox, Yankees
In the combination (10-49% postseason odds):
Blue Jays, Phillies
Still alive (postseason odds above 1%):
Mariners

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