Wild Wild West….and East?

by Nick Gilbert / October 5, 2021

Major League Baseball wrapped up its season this past Sunday, and what a wild one it was. Six teams still had their fate undecided going into the league’s final day of it’s 162 game season. In the American League the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, and Toronto Blue Jays were all separated by just one game.

In the National League,specifically in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers were also separated by just one game. One team would win the division guaranteeing their spot in the Division Series round and the other would have a one game playoff.

The Giants and Dodgers hold the first and second best records in the entire league at 107, and 106 wins. Only one other team has triple digit wins that being the Tampa Bay Rays (100 wins).

Multiple scenarios plagued the American League with chances of an extra game having to be played if specific things happened. Single game tie-breakers have only happened 12 times. With the 13th and 14th tie-breaks awaiting to be graced the Red Sox, and Yankees had just one job to make sure none of that happened win, and they did exactly that.

The Red Sox hosted the Yankees for the AL Wild card game and beat the Yankees 6-2 to advance to the ALDS to face the Rays. The Giants and Dodgers won their respective games, having no change to the standings.

The Giants closing out as division winners sends the Dodgers to host a one game playoff against one of baseball’s hottest teams the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won 21 of their last 25 games to solidify their spot in the playoffs.

The ALDS kicks off Thursday and NLDS on Friday. The 117th World Series is set for October 26 playing into November for games six and seven if needed, which as only happened very few times, the first being in 2001.

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