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Just one week remains in the regular season, and there’s still plenty to play for. No AL team has even locked up a playoff spot so far, and only two of the NL divisions have been won. Both #1 seeds, essential for drawing a tired Wildcard team, are still very much up in the air. The Wildcard situations are quite as dramatic, but are still open for the taking for a determined team. This is the time when border teams show the utmost desperation, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Thursday, September 27 at 7:15
The Nationals are still clinging to the #1 spot by half a game. After an iffy patch against the Brewers and Phillies, the Nationals are a little precarious, but still have the tools with which to be a playoff force if they put their minds to it.
The Reds, like the Nats, have alternated wins and losses lately, against the Dodgers and Brewers. The Giants are gaining ground themselves, and it will be a great series, but Cincinnati does have 50 home wins.
Texas is still struggling to put a winning streak together. That could easily cost them, but they do have plenty of firepower to use against anyone who underestimates them.
The Yankees are 8-2 in their last 10, but Detroit has won four straight to surge to a 1.5-game lead over Chicago. The Yankees will also likely have to deal with Justin Verlander twice, but at least the Tigers are 34-41 on the road. That is New York’s best chance to move forward using C.C. Sabathia and their power bats.
Suddenly, Oakland is having a difficult time. Baltimore is struggling to pick up a game on New York, but with Boston coming to town, Baltimore has a nice tuneup to stay ahead of Oakland and prepare for their likely first-round foe.
|Divisional||Yankees def Orioles||Reds def Braves|
|Rangers def Tigers||Giants def Nationals|
|LCS||Yankees def Rangers||Reds def Giants|
|World Series||Reds def Yankees|
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, MLB Playoffs, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals