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Daily Wild Card Update: September 21

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ All three Wild Card teams won last night and all three are favored to win tonight The Rays are embroiled in a three-way race for two American League Wild Card slots. For Rays fans, this means every day has the potential for joy or despair. Between now and whenever the Wild Card teams are determined we’ll provide a daily update on the state of the race. Saturday September 21 Standings: Rays are tied for the second Wild Card spot with the Cleveland Indians. Both teams are two games back of the Oakland Athletics for the top spot. Latest scores: Rays beat Red Sox,...

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Why the Yankees are fortunate to avoid the Wild Card Game

Photo by Elsa/ For just the second time since its inception, the Yankees will avoid the Wild Card Game en route to the ALDS. In an effort to get more teams to care about the postseason, the MLB added the Wild Card Game in 2012, which created a second wild card spot. While that sounds fun on paper, it also comes with risk. There’s a chance that a 95-win team could be bounced due to one unlucky game against an 85-win opponent. In a one-game playoff, it’s possible that Mike Trout goes 0-4 as Austin Romine goes 3-4, and that’s it. There are no do-overs; one team’s season ends on one...

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Milwaukee Brewers: Is the Wild Card Race over?

With Friday’s win and the Cubs’ loss, the Milwaukee Brewers are two games up on Chicago for the second Wild Card with eight games to play. Is the race over? Have the Brewers won? The Chicago Cubs current four-game losing streak has moved them from front runners for the Wild Card to on the outside […] Milwaukee Brewers: Is the Wild Card Race over? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Milwaukee Brewers pennant race tracker: 8 games to go

Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports Brewers move up another game in the Wild Card The Milwaukee Brewers are up two games in the NL Wild Card. They’re now hoping to surpass the Washington Nationals for the top Wild Card spot. Here’s how everyone did last night: Milwaukee Brewers 10 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 1St. Louis Cardinals 2 at Chicago Cubs 1Washington Nationals 6 at Miami Marlins 4New York Mets 8 at Cincinnati Reds 1Cleveland Indians 5 vs. Philadelphia Phillies 2 Here are the current standings: The Brewers can win the NL Central if: The St. Louis Cardinals go 3-5The Chicago Cubs go...


Mets Takeaways from Friday's 8-1 win over the Reds, including Pete Alonso's 50th HR

The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night.

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After a rough week in Texas, Mike Fiers makes a statement

Mike Fiers made his case for starting a potential wild card game for the Oakland Athletics in win over Texas Rangers.

New York Daily News

Pete Alonso is two dingers away from tying Aaron Judge for rookie home run mark

The first Met to hit 50 home runs in a season. The second rookie ever to hit 50 home runs. While racking up accolades, Pete Alonso is keeping the Mets in the wild card race. Cementing himself as one of the most phenomenal rookies of the game, Alonso parked a two-run home run 437 feet to the seats...

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Scoreboard Watching: Astros moving away from Yankees in home-field race

Photo by Bob Levey/ The Yankees’ shot at the AL’s best record took a hit, while Boston’s playoff chances were completely extinguished. Each passing day gives us a clearer idea of what MLB’s playoff picture will ultimately look like. A handful of playoff spots are still up for grabs, and there are still home-field advantages to be claimed. Let’s run down last night’s action to see where we stand. AL Wild Card race remains tight The Rays are in a precarious position, and are in danger of falling out of the AL’s final playoff spot. They barely survived last night against...


Daily Wild Card Update: September 20th

David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports Rays and Athletics were off, Indians were victorious The Rays are embroiled in a three-way race for two American League Wild Card slots. For Rays fans, this means every day has the potential for joy or despair. Between now and whenever the Wild Card teams are determined we’ll provide a daily update on the state of the race. Wednesday, September 19th Standings: Rays are sitting in the second Wild Card spot, two games back of the Oakland Athletics and a half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians. Latest scores: Rays and Athletics were both off on Thursday....

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Cleveland Indians sweep Tigers, tie Rays for second Wild Card spot

The Cleveland Indians absolutely dominated the Detroit Tigers in 2019. That has allowed the Indians to jump back into the Wild Card picture. The Cleveland Indians are back in the playoff picture after sweeping the Detroit Tigers. The Indians are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card spot after picking up […] Cleveland Indians sweep Tigers, tie Rays for second Wild Card spot - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Rays playoff hopes in their hands as Red Sox, Yankees come to town

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ As the 2019 Major League Baseball season comes to a close, the tightest race remains to be the American League Wild Card race. Currently the Oakland Athletics hold a two game lead over the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays who are tied for the second wild card. Each team has nine games remaining over the final week and a half. In the past couple of week what was seen as nearly three teams having equal odds of winning one of the two playoff spots that has moved to the Athletics having a clear hold on one spot with a 95.2% chance of winning a wild card by...

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MLB Postseason: Who walks away with playoff berths in NL WC race?

WIth the 2019 MLB postseason fast approaching the NL Wild Card race is down to the Nationals, Brewers, and Cubs so who will get the two wild-card spots? Get excited! It’s one of the best times of the year. Fans will be glued to their coaches watching all of the MLB postseason impact games. The […] MLB Postseason: Who walks away with playoff berths in NL WC race? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Yankees are 2019 AL East champs, advance to ALDS

Photo by Elsa/ Start spreading the news! The Yankees just punched a ticket for their third-consecutive trip to the ALDS. This year, however, won’t involve a winner-take-all Wild Card Game. That’s because the Yankees are the AL East champions, having clinched the title with a 9-1 victory over the Angels. The rest of the playoff picture has yet to take shape in the American League. There are some clues, however, as to who the Bombers may face in the ALDS. Should the Yankees finish the season with the best record in the league, they would host the winner of the Wild Card Game. If the...


View from the Catwalks: The final furlong

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports To reach the postseason, the Rays have to go through a final 9 games vs the AL East. Rays News With a Cleveland win yesterday, the Rays and Tribe are tied for the second Wild Card spot for the final run of September. The Rays have 9 games left to earn the right to play more. Fight. Every single pitch. #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/ZG2EYIGA9s— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 19, 2019 Focused on Greatness - Joey Johnston, The Ray Tank: Tommy Pham makes an impact, both on the field and in the clubhouse. Which teams are going to earn the wild...


Mets would gain offseason momentum if these 4 players finish strong

In addition to the Mets needing to finish hot in hopes of snatching the final Wild Card spot, it would help GM Brodie Van Wagenen's off-season strategy if the following four players finished strong as well.


Jacob deGrom looks to improve NL Cy Young Award chances as Mets start series with Reds, Friday at 7:10 on SNY

The Mets (79-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) start their three-game series with the Reds (72-81, 14.0 GB in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Mickey Callaway’s Mets future could hinge on this final stretch

CINCINNATI — As the Mets sit on the fringe of National League wild-card contention, questions pertaining to next season have been placed on hold. Included is whether manager Mickey Callaway will return in 2020 to complete the final year of his contract. Multiple organizational sources have indicated in recent days that Callaway’s future won’t be...

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Mets at Reds, Game 1 - Preview and Lineups

Photo by Silas Walker/ It’s a star-studded pitching matchup to begin the Reds final homestand of the year. Believe it or not, the New York Mets are not technically out of the 2019 playoff chase just yet. At 79-73, they could still make it to as many as 89 wins, and as of writing this on Friday afternoon they sit 3.5 games back of the NL’s second wild card spot. They would have to leapfrog both the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers to land such a coveted playoff spot, but the #math dictates it’s still a possibility. On Friday, they’ll have the Cincinnati Reds standing firmly in...

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Mets Morning News for September 20, 2019

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets enjoyed an off day while traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Reds. Jacob deGrom will open the series and this will be one of his last chances to make his case for the Cy Young. This has been a tumultuous year for Mickey Callaway and this home stretch could determine whether he is back next season. The Mets have health on their side as the season winds down and they will need to use it to their advantage if they are going to have a shot at the Wild Card. Mets’...


Phillies head to Cleveland with playoff hopes hanging by a thread

It's not the final nail in the coffin of what's been a less than stellar season, but it's certainly a devastating blow. The Phillies dropped yet another Aaron Nola outing on Thursday afternoon, falling to the Braves 5-4 at SunTrust Park.Nola surrendered a pair of homers and five runs over five innings in the loss. The defeat dropped the Phillies to four-games behind the Brewers for the second Wild Card spot in the National League. The Phils have now dropped each of Nola's last six starts.“I feel fine. My body is healthy,” Nola told reporters afterward. “Could have easily gone 6-0....


Ghosts of the past: Phillies vs. Indians series preview

The 2019 version of Carlos Santana has been much better than the 2018 version | Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports The Phillies’ playoff push continues against some old friends Like the Phillies, the Indians are in a battle for a wild card playoff spot. Having two desperate teams facing off should make for a playoff-like atmosphere. It is yet to be determined if that will be a good thing for the fans watching at home. Cleveland Indians Record: 90-63, Second place in American League Central Just like the playoffs! Sigh. While the Indians situation is less precarious than the Phillies’,...

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Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show): So You’re Saying There’s a Chance?

This week, we look at the last 10 days of the season and hope. Welcome to Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), the new/old favorite from Amazin’ Avenue editors Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore. First up, Brian and Chris celebrate the fact that the Mets are still in this, just 10 days out from the end of the season. The schedules for the relevant Wild Card teams are discussed, and the Atlanta series looms large for next weekend. Next up, we talk Coors Field and baseball fans in different cities and their sometimes extreme behavior towards Mets fans. Finally, we answer an email that...

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Mets finish off road schedule with three against the Reds

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The Mets are still alive in the Wild Card race and will try to beat a team that helped them out this week. The New York Mets (79-73) will conclude their final road trip of 2019 with a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds (72-81). Earlier this year, the Mets split four games with the Reds at Citi Field. In that series, the team lost two games in the ninth when Edwin Diaz surrendered solo home runs in each. The team came away with wins on a Pete Alonso walk-off sac fly and a 1-0 victory that featured a complete game shutout from Noah Syndergaard, who...


Daily Wild Card Tracker: September 19th

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Rays won. Indians won. Athletics won. The Rays are embroiled in a three-way race for two American League Wild Card slots. For Rays fans, this means every day has the potential for joy or despair. Between now and whenever the Wild Card teams are determined we’ll provide a daily update on the state of the race. Wednesday, September 19th Standings: Rays are sitting in the second Wild Card spot, two games back of the Oakland Athletics and a half game ahead of the Cleveland Indians. Magic number: Any combination of 10 Rays wins/Indians losses will clinch a...


Mets Wild Card Watch: What's on Tap, Results, Standings, News, and Playoff odds for Sept. 19

The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Rays: 8, Dodgers: 7- Extra Innings Win!

Photo by John McCoy/ Rays get much needed win to keep playoff hopes alive This road trip has not gone as well as the Rays would have liked. With last night’s loss, the Rays have a hold on the second wild card spot, but only by half a game. Let's end this road trip with a W. https://t.co/Gnk8MRdcDJ#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/6ruFmM1WcX— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 18, 2019 Rays were taking on Casey Sadler and the Dodgers’ bullpen to keep their Wild Card hopes alive. Things started off well enough with a Travis d’Arnaud single to score Tommy Pham. Your browser does...

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2019 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 152

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Cubs lose second straight 3-2 as playoff hopes flicker In a story that has become too familiar over the last two seasons, the Cubs offense was missing in action in a really important game. Of course, many of those games have had a playoff-like feel and a couple were a game 163 and a wild card game. Many of those games featured elite level pitching. But occasionally, those games feature a guy who came into the game 2-11 with a 5.11 ERA. He’d also been 0-3 with an ERA approaching seven over his last seven starts. Inexplicable and generally inexcusable to muster no...


View from the Catwalk: Saving Mr Fairbanks

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Rays won early this morning to remain in possession of the second Wild Card The Tampa Bay Rays played a thriller with the Los Angeles Dodgers that required extra innings and played into the early hours this morning but they managed to hold and come away with a 8-7 victory. Tommy Pham became the 10th Rays in franchise history to record five hits in a game and Austin Meadows blasted his 32nd home run of the season to continue his stellar campaign and blistering month of September. The pitching had its struggles, but had just enough to end the game with...

Biggest NL playoff threats and can Brewers claim second NL wild card? | MLB WHIPAROUND

The MLB WHIPAROUND crew discusses who poses the biggest threat in the NL playoffs and whether or not the Brewers can sneak into the final wild card spot in the NL. #FOXSports #MLB #Brewers

Mets score 9 on 11 hits on emotional day in NYC

On a day of remembrance, the Mets score 9 runs on 11 hits in New York City to move up in the Wild Card standings Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www.ins

Is Max Scherzer key to Nationals wild card, how should Dodgers use Kenley Jansen? | MLB WHIPAROUND

The MLB Whiparound crew discusses whether or not the Nationals are a wild card favorite with a healthy Max Scherzer and what the Dodgers should do with struggling closer Kenley Jansen down the stretch. #FOXSports #MLB #MaxScherzer #KenleyJansen #Dodgers