So, in the AL, 3 teams have already clinched their playoff spots, with the Angels and Indians already clinching their respective divisions. The Red Sox also have a ticket to the after-party, though the Yankees are only 1.5 games back. It is beyond the mechanizations of my helmet-holder to understand why the Yankees haven’t statistically clinched a spot yet….but so say the websites. It looks like a lock to me.
The NL has a wider range of possibilities and no teams have clinched yet. Right now the Mets, Cubs, and D-backs are sitting atop their respective divisions, but none are more than 3.5 games up on their nearest rival. The Mets are the only of these playing today (probably right now, depending on when you read this). The wildcard race is also tight, and any of the current division leaders could end up in that mix, though it doesn’t seem likely. It looks like a runoff between San Diego and Philly; San Diego has a half-game lead and a game in hand (which they play tonight).
(edit/update: the mets lost to washington 13-4; San Fran is up 7-4 on San Diego in the 5th)