Wildcard race bringing MLB season to a loopy finish


TORONTO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – After six months and 161 video games Major League Baseball will want all 162 contests to carry the postseason image into focus with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners chasing two American League wildcard spots.

It can be all to play for on Sunday with the Yankees (91-70) and Red Sox (91-70) holding a one recreation benefit on the Blue Jays (90-71) and maybe the Mariners (89-71) who tackle the Los Angeles Angels afterward Saturday.

Should the 4 groups stay tied after Sunday’s motion it might imply two tie-breaker video games on Monday, with the winners taking part in the wildcard contest on Tuesday.

The winner of the wildcard strikes into the divisional spherical the place the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox await.

“It kind of makes sense that it would come down to the very last day,” mentioned Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. “That seems about right with the way the season has gone.”

Saturday’s motion settled nothing because the Yankees blew an opportunity to clinch a wildcard berth once they have been hammered 12-2 by the Rays whereas the Blue Jays saved their postseason ambitions transferring in the suitable path drubbing of the Baltimore Orioles 10-1.

Toronto bought house runs from 5 totally different gamers giving them an MLB main 258 on the season establishing a brand new workforce report.

The Red Sox survived a roller-coaster finish to their afternoon beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 to maintain tempo with the Yankees.

Deadlocked 1-1 going into the ninth the Red Sox scored 4 however then wanted to struggle off a Nationals rally within the backside of the inning sparked by an Andrew Stevenson two-run homer.

In New York, Rays Brandon Lowe slammed three house runs to energy Tampa to 100 wins on the season and deny the Yankees a chance to clinch a wildcard

The Blue Jays bats have been additionally booming in Toronto as George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Danny Jansen, Teoscar Hernandez and Bo Bichette all homered.

Toronto will hope for comparable manufacturing on Sunday needing a win to remain within the chase.

It has been a very nomadic marathon for the Blue Jays who started the season taking part in house video games at their Spring coaching base in Florida, moved to Buffalo, New York for a lot of the summer time earlier than COVID-19 restrictions in Canada relaxed sufficient enable them to return to Toronto in late July.

For travelling that long-and-winding highway, Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo believes his workforce has earned the suitable to be in rivalry on the ultimate day of the season.

“This team deserves credit and we are going to go all the way to 162,” Montoyo. “We could have quit in Dunedin, then when we moved to Buffalo we could have quit there too but we never did and we deserve to be here in this moment.”

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Sandra Maler

Sep 20, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Detailed view of official Major League baseballs set on the grass before the game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports