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Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Christian Walker delivers as Diamondbacks pound White Sox 15-4 to strengthen wild-card positioning

Christian Walker homered twice and drove in six runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks added to their wild-card push with a 15-4 victory over the lowly Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

The Seattle Times

George Kirby pitches a gem, offense comes through as Mariners beat Astros

In what felt like a must-win game, M's defeat Houston 6-2 on Tuesday to move a half-game back of Astros for the third and final wild-card berth in the American League.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Philadelphia Phillies clinch NL wild-card berth, head to postseason for second straight year

Bryce Harper extended his arms as wide as they could stretch and waited for his jubilant Phillies teammates to sock him in the midsection with bottles of bubbly that had been turned into super soakers.

Pinstripe Alley

Rivalry Roundup: Mariners rebound to heat up Wild Card

Photo by Steph Chambers/ Recapping how the Yankees’ top AL opponents fared on September 26th. The Yankees have been officially eliminated, but since we’re all fans of baseball as a whole anyway, Pinstripe Alley is going to see this series through to the end of the regular season. We’ll keep you posted on the end of the American League playoff race as the final spots are determined. Stay tuned for more postseason coverage as well. Here’s what went on yesterday, September 26th. Seattle Mariners (85-72) 6, Houston Astros (86-72) 2 I think it’s fair to say that at...


Rise and Phight: 9/27/2023

Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports They’re in They’re in and they’re spectacular. Clinchers of a postseason spot, owners of the top wild card seed, there is nothing to do but make sure everyone is available next Tuesday. On to the links. Phillies news: Even with the rehab going well, Rhys Hoskins remains a longshot to make the postseason roster at any point. Bryson Stott visited Bobby Dickerson this offseason. It has helped turn him into a Gold Glove-worthy second baseman. Orion Kerkering got lots of love on this here site, but he also got some love over at...

Amazin Avenue

Mets, Marlins postponed by effects of Tropical Storm Ophelia

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports While it wasn’t raining in New York this evening, the field was in no condition for a game The Mets and Marlins were set to play the first game of their three-game series at Citi Field tonight, but the game was postponed because the field was in an unplayable state following the rain that Tropical Storm Ophelia dropped on it over the weekend. With the Mets having been eliminated from the playoffs already, the game doesn’t mean much to them. But the Marlins are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the National League in a race that...

AZ Snake Pit

Diamondbacks 15 @ White Sox 4

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Pale Faced with the season hanging over the abyss? Arizona looked past Davies’ typical start to destroy that other Chicago team and their run differential Record: 83-74 .529 Pace: 86-76, +12 on 2022 NL Wild Card: A full game above CHC, holding the #5 seed Today's Lineups DIAMONDBACKS WHITE SOX Corbin Carroll - RF Tim Anderson - SS Ketel Marte - 2B Andrew Benintendi - LF Tommy Pham - DH Andrew Vaughn - 1B Christian Walker - 1B Eloy Jimenez - DH Alek Thomas - CF Yoan Moncada - 3B Lourdes Gurriel - LF Gavin Sheets -...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins playoff update: Who's their most likely opponent? Can they still get the No. 2 seed?

The battle for the last wild card spot in the American League is headed for the final weekend, but the Twins playoff position will likely be finalized before that.


Finish it off: Phillies vs. Pirates series preview

Can Aaron Nola win the clincher for a second straight year? | Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Give us a week of no stress before the real games begin It wasn’t always easy, but the Phillies are on the cusp of doing what most of us expected them to do before the season began: Make the playoffs. All they need to do is beat the Pirates. (Or not really. They could lose every game the rest of the way and still get the top Wild Card berth, but I don’t think anyone wants to see that, and it’s much more fun to clinch with a win.) With the Yankees win over the D-Backs, the...


Rise and Phight: 9/26/2023

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports One more... All they need is one more. With the Diamondbacks losing yesterday to the Yankees, the magic number for the Phillies to not only clinch a playoff spot is at one, but the number to get the top wild card spot is at one. It’s the Pirates, man. Just do the damn thing. On to the links. Phillies news: Orion Kerkering was the talk of yesterday for the Phillies, but it was his dad who also grabbed some attention. The playoffs are ever closer and the team is in a solid position: their pitching is relatively healthy and good. It took...

The Crawfish Boxes

Game 157 Thread. September 25, 2023, 8:40 CT. Astros @ Mariners

Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via This series IS the playoffs At this point, with six games remaining, the Astros have only the narrowest chance of winning the AL West. They are 2.5 games behind the Rangers. If they win four of their remaining six games and the Rangers lose five of their remaining seven, the two teams tie and the Astros hold the tiebreaker. Of course, it would be better if the Astros won out from here on. And it starts tonight against the Astros’ main competitor for the third Wild Card slot, the Mariners. The Astros are a half-game ahead of the...

Lone Star Ball

Six games to go, and we are still nervous

Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Texas is in the driver’s seat, but it doesn’t mean they can’t still careen off the road We are in the final week of the 2023 regular season. Your Texas Rangers are currently sitting at 88-68, 2.5 games up on the 86-71 Houston Astros and 4 games up on the 84-72 Seattle Mariners. Texas is also a game up on the 87-69 Toronto Blue Jays, who are currently in the Wild Card 2 slot. Texas holds the tiebreaker against both the Mariners and the Blue Jays, so if they end the year with the same record as either Toronto or Seattle,...

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Pull Out of Tailspin. Verlander Gem and Two Homers Put Stros Up On Mariners 1.5 Games

Photo by Steph Chambers/ Alvarez and Tucker provide the dynamite in 5-1 win It’s a good thing the Astros have the road-field advantage for the rest of the season. They just might have a chance for the playoffs after all. Was this the same team tonight that sleep-walked its way to a recent 3-9 tailspin? After getting swept by the last-place Royals at home this weekend, tonight two solo homers and perhaps the best pitching we’ve seen from Justin Verlander since his 2019 no-hitter put the Mariners a game and a half behind the Astros for the third Wild Card...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

SB Nation Reacts: Who will win the wild cards?

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ We’re down to the last week of regular season action. Just one week remains in the 2023 MLB regular season, and there are still several postseason spots not locked up. Of course, you are quite familiar with the Cubs’ quest for a wild card position. SB Nation Reacts’ most recent survey asked fans who they think will take home the wild card spots in each league. Here are the results: This, of course, matches the current standings for the three wild card positions. With the Diamondbacks facing a schedule crunch due to Tropical...


Padres pregame: Cy young, wild-card races converging on Monday

The Padres' Blake Snell, the Giants' Logan Webb both looking to keep teams alive in wild-card hunt while chasing NL Cy Young

Call to the Pen

All eyes on Seattle Mariners in wild finish to American League West and Wild Card

In what should be an insane final week on the road to the American League West title and final shakeout of the AL side of the 2023 MLB postseason bracket, all eyes will be on the Seattle Mariners. Entering play on Monday, the Seattle Mariners are one of three teams still alive for the AL […] All eyes on Seattle Mariners in wild finish to American League West and Wild Card - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - MLB News, Rumors, Prospects, and more

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Ginkel falters as Diamondbacks blow 3 leads in 6-4 loss to Yankees and tie Cubs for 2nd wild card

Kevin Ginkel blew the last of the Arizona Diamondbacks' three leads in a 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday, dropping them into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for the National League's second wild card.


Predicting the Phillies’ 2023 Wild Card playoff roster

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Phils will clinch a playoff spot this week, so here’s my first crack at their roster will look like for the wild card round. For once, the Phillies aren’t making us sweat bullets in September. After finishing with sub-.500 records in the season’s final month each of the last five seasons, the 2023 Phils appear to have figured out this whole “winning in September” thing. Following their four-game sweep of the Mets over the weekend, they’re 13-10 and have whittled their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to just one game....

New York Post

Mets could have impact on NL wild card chase

The Mets will play meaningful games in the final week of the season — they just won’t be meaningful for the Mets.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Byron Buxton out? Royce Lewis in? Projecting the Twins playoff roster

Will the Twins playoff roster have room for Byron Buxton and Royce Lewis? And which three starters will Rocco Baldelli use in the Wild Card series?

Lookout Landing

Still Alive: Mariners vs. Astros Series Preview

Photo by Bob Levey/ The Mariners limp home with their playoff destiny still in hand. Swept up and tossed aside by the Rangers’ power-hitting lineup, the Mariners come home demoralized but not yet deceased. They are three games behind Texas in the AL West and half a game behind Houston for the third Wild Card spot. This final homestand — two series, two Texas teams, two starts each for the rotation’s top two — will decide everything. What more is there to say? I’ll be watching for Julio’s bat to heat up and for a final hot week to cap off the best season of...

AZ Snake Pit

Snake Bytes, 9/25: Rain or shine

John Jones-USA TODAY Sports Weather could not stop the D-backs, it could only slow them down. Recaps [AZ Central] Zac Gallen returns to form in win as DBacks maintain wild card lead - Gallen sounded hopeful he had identified a mechanical flaw that had been at least a contributing factor to struggles in recent weeks, including poor outings in back-to-back starts and four of his past five. He said his hand might have been getting “stuck behind” in his delivery, a timing thing that he thinks might have affected his command and life on certain pitches, including his...

Pinstripe Alley

Fans still believe the Yankees will finish above .500

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The latest results from the SB Nation Reacts fan surveys are here, and the people have spoken about whether the Yankees can finish with a positive record as well as the AL and NL Wild Card races. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across Major League Baseball. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in New York Yankees fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. At long last, the Yankees have been eliminated from playoff contention after their loss to Zac Gallen and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. They...


Rays announce Postseason events: Free Parties, Tattoos, and Yard Signs throughout Tampa Bay

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Yes real tattoos! The Tampa Bay Rays have announced events and activities on both sides of Tampa Bay leading up to the Postseason and during the American League Wild Card Series. Events will begin with Postseason Pop-Up Parties, taking place throughout the Tampa Bay region on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. Other events and activations include two Rays flash tattoo events in St. Petersburg and Temple Terrace and various locations for fans to pick up Rays Up Tampa Bay yard signs, presented by Bayfront Health. The full schedule of...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY vs. ARI: Carlos Rodón vs. Zac Gallen

Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports Yankees look to play spoiler against one of the NL’s best starters After yesterday’s cancellation, the Yankees are just about ready to wrap up their home slate for the season, and Carlos Rodón, coming off one of his better starts of the year, gets a chance to give fans a dose of optimism after a tough opening campaign in pinstripes. He’ll get a chance to do it against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who find themselves clinging to a half-game lead over the second NL Wild Card spot, and just a one-game lead on any Wild Card spot at all. It...

Pinstripe Alley

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 9/24/23

Photo by Sarah Stier/ On to a damp Sunday. The weather is throwing a wrench in the Yankees’ plans for the penultimate weekend of the season. Yesterday's game was rescheduled for Monday afternoon, and with a storm still working its way through New York City, we very well may need to play a doubleheader tomorrow. These games aren’t exactly of the upmost importance for the Yankees, but the Diamondbacks are locked in a tight NL Wild Card race, so these contests will need to be resolved. We’ll have you updated on how the schedule plays out, and even if there’s no...

MASN: School of Roch

Orioles whittle magic number to three after 5-1 win over Guardians (updated)

CLEVELAND – The Orioles are done with the road until the playoffs, finishing their last regular season trip today by splitting a four-game series against the Guardians.They only way they’d stay off the team charter next month would be to lose the wild card series at Camden Yards.They want the division and the bye that comes with it. They need it.Their magic number for clinching is down to three following a 5-1 victory before an announced crowd of 20,287 at Progressive Field. The Rays lost 9-5 to the Blue Jays.The Orioles pushed their division lead to 2 ½ games and they own the tiebreaker.

Brew Crew Ball

Game Thread #156: Milwaukee Brewers (88-67) @ Miami Marlins (80-75)

Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports Brewers look to clinch division title against Miami After clinching a wild card berth on Friday, Milwaukee still needs one more win to clinch the division title over the Chicago Cubs. Freddy Peralta takes on Edward Cabrera as Milwaukee looks to grab their fourth division title in the last five years. Christian Yelich leads off and starts at DH today, while Mark Canha starts in left and bats cleanup. Josh Donaldson starts at third while Tyrone Taylor gets the start in right. Let's make some things happen today : @BallySportWI :...

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