Two teams clinched their playoff tickets last night: the Cubs and Twins. There’s still a bit more meaningful baseball left to be played, though. Here’s what’s on the line on Thursday.
AL East (92-66 Red Sox lead 89-69 Yankees by three games)
- Rays @ Yankees, 7:05 PM EDT – Jake Faria vs. Sonny Gray
- Astros @ Red Sox, 7:10 PM EDT – Brad Peacock vs. Eduardo Rodriguez
The Red Sox can clinch tonight with a win and a Yankees loss.
NL Wild Card (86-73 Rockies lead 83-75 Brewers by 2.5 games, 82-76 Cardinals by 3.5 games)
- Reds @ Brewers, 4:10 PM EDT – Sal Romano vs. Brent Suter
- Cubs @ Cardinals, 7:15 PM EDT – Kyle Hendricks vs. Lance Lynn
The Rockies are off Thursday, so they can’t clinch today. However, the Cardinals can be eliminated today with a loss to the Cubs. The Rockies will need any combination of two wins and two Brewer losses to knock the Brewers out.
AL Home Field Advantage (100-59 Indians lead 98-60 Astros by 1.5 games)
The Indians won on Thursday afternoon, so the Astros will try to keep pace tonight.
World Series HFA (102-57 Dodgers lead Indians by two games)
The Dodgers are off today and the Indians already played, so nothing will change tonight.