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Wild Card Fever: All Day And All Of The Night

The Royals don't care about the hour, they stay alive in the Pacific Northwest.

Otto Greule Jr

Apparently, the Mariners tried to run on Alex Gordon again. It was past the bedtime hour for this Midwesterner, so I'm a bit behind on the highlights.

So you should probably read Dutton's recap. If anything, read it for the lede.

Here are the current standings with the latest odds.

Team W L PCT GB %
Tampa Bay 87 69 .558 +1.0 92.6
Cleveland 86 70 .551 ---- 63.4
Texas 85 71 .545 -1.0 42.2
Kansas City 83 73 .532 -3.0 1.5
New York 82 74 .526 -4.0 0.3
Baltimore 81 75 .519 -5.0 0.0

The results went about as expected on Monday. The Rangers victimized the Astros and the Rays won, which are the only games we cared about last night.

What a horrible loss for Baltimore yesterday. To go out with four straight losses against the leaders and to lose key players in the process. Brutal.

Now we're in the final week, the race gains clarity. All teams have played an equal number of games, now we have nice round numbers across the standings. If the math wasn't clear before, it should be now. The Orioles can be eliminated tonight with a loss and a Cleveland win. The Yankees and Royals can both be eliminated Wednesday.

If you're a National League pervert, that race is over. The Pirates clinched yesterday.

I'm keeping the Orioles and Yankees in the daily list of games. As long as they're mathematically alive, along with the Royals, they need to be noted.

Today's games:

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
Todd Redmond vs Chris Tillman

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
Hector Santiago vs Ubaldo Jimenez

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Matt Moore vs Hiroki Kuroda

Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
Brad Peacock vs Yu Darvish

Kansas City Royals at Seattle Mariners
Bruce Chen vs James Paxton

The great Ray Davies:

Until tomorrow.