The Major League Baseball postseason quickly approaches, leaving baseball fans to watch eagerly as the number of regular season games dwindle. Boston Red Sox fans are relieved as their team has already secured a playoff spot with an astounding 106 wins in the regular season.
They lead the American League East division in wins, but have not yet cemented their place at the top.
The Red Sox are trailed by the New York Yankees, who are currently nine and a half games behind. The superior New York baseball club has a solid .615 winning percentage, but the probability of them catching up to their Boston rivals is slim.
The Yankees will represent the American League with a home field advantage in the Wildcard game on Wednesday, Oct. 3 against the Oakland Athletics.
The winner of this single game will move on to play the one seed in the division series, while the loser will end their journey in the World Series early. The Cleveland Indians have made waves in the American League as well, clinching their spot at the top of the AL Central division and in the playoffs.
The Houston Astros are 7-3 for their last 10 games and have registered 99 wins, matchless by anyone else in the AL West. The Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros are the prospective teams to represent the American League in a five-game series.
The National League’s results are far more dependent on the few games left in the regular season than the American League’s are, as their competition is so close.
The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are on the right track to compete against each other at the National League’s Wild Card game on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Milwaukee has a three game lead from the Cardinals.
However, since the Rockies are only 1.5 games behind the Cardinals, there is a tight three way race between the teams, as only two will have the opportunity to compete in the Wild Card.
The Atlanta Braves have clinched the NL East division, tallying 730 runs scored for the 2017-18 season. The Chicago Cubs lead the NL Central division, but still have six games to prove that they are a worthy playoff team.
Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers currently have a run differential of +176, which is higher than any other franchise in the National League, representing the NL West well. This October, the American League Champion Team and the National League Champion Team will go head to head for the first world series game on Oct. 23.
The first to win four games of the seven will hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy in victory, representing their city as the best in Major League Baseball.