With the Major League Baseball regular season coming to an end, there was still a great deal at stake following Tuesday night’s games.
Each game for contenders has huge implications as the chase to clinch a wildcard spot and nail down home field advantage throughout the postseason continues.
The chase for the two wildcard spots in the American League are still up for grabs. After losing some ground with a Monday night loss to the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays came back Tuesday with a win against the Baltimore Orioles, their closest challenger in the first of three games with the Orioles.
The win widened the lead Toronto has to a pair of games over Baltimore for the first wildcard berth in the AL and home field in the playoff game for wildcards.
Tuesday was good to Detroit as well. The Tigers beat Cleveland on Tuesday 12-0, which pulled Detroit to one game of the Orioles for the second AL Wildcard berth.
Seattle fell off the pace losing to Houston and are two games behind Baltimore.
In the National League, the Mets blew out Miami, St. Louis overpowered Cincinnati and in San Francisco, the Giants rocked Colorado. In each game, the winners had 12 runs.
New York leads the Giants by just a half game for the first NL wildcard spot, while San Francisco holds a one game lead over St. Louis for the second spot.
In a tight race for the top AL seed, Texas is percentage points ahead of Boston. Texas has played one more game than Boston with both tied in the loss column but the Rangers up one game in the win column. Cleveland’s loss to Detroit means it is 1 ½ games behind Texas and one behind Boston.
Chicago has already locked up the home field advantage for both the NLDS as well as the NLCS. It notched its 101st win of the season on Tuesday.
Washington widened its lead over the Dodgers to host a NLDS series to two games, with a win over Arizona, while the Dodgers lost to San Diego.
The wildcard races and home field advantage appear to be going down to the wire, with teams battling each day or night in attempt to find a way to continue playing late into October.