The NL wild-card race is getting awesome. Here's a look at that and more.
Saturday's top five games.
The Brewers have won 24 of their last 30. Before that happened, they were 12 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot. They are now just 1 1/2 out. Thus, this is the biggest story in baseball.
The Cardinals had Friday afternoon's game in hand, but a Darwin Barney two-run homer tied it in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the Cubs went on to win in extra innings. The Cardinals then watched the Brewers win and trim their lead to 1 1/2 games. So Saturday's game takes on even more importance.
A Reds victory clinches the NL Central for Cincinnati, while a Dodgers win keeps them right in the thick of the NL wild-card race as they enter Saturday just two games out.
Here we go again. The Phillies faltered last weekend in losing three of four to the lowly Astros, but they've now won four in a row and are just three games out of the wild-card spot.
The White Sox hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central, so these games are obviously huge.
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The Royals will be mathematically eliminated on Saturday with either a loss or a White Sox win. The next closest elimination number is four, which belongs to the Padres in the NL wild-card race.
The following teams have been mathematically eliminated from any playoff spot: Astros, Cubs, Rockies, Indians, Twins, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Mariners, Marlins and Mets.
Playoff chances, via coolstandings.com
AL East champion
AL Central champion
White Sox 68.5
AL West champion
AL wild card
White Sox 0.5%
NL East champion
NL Central champion
NL West champion
NL wild card