With all of the relevant action on Sunday afternoon complete, we now know what to expect when the postseason begins on Tuesday. Here are the dates for the start of each postseason series.
Tuesday, October 4
Wild Card: Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre)
Wednesday, October 5
Wild Card: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets (Citi Field)
Thursday, October 6
ALDS Game 1: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field)
ALDS Game 1: [Orioles or Blue Jays] at Texas Rangers (Globe Life Park)
Friday, October 7
NLDS Game 1: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals (Nationals Park)
NLDS Game 1: [Giants or Mets] at Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field)
The ALCS begins on Friday, October 14. The NLCS begins on Saturday, October 15. The World Series begins on Tuesday, October 25.
The Tigers were shut out 1-0 by the Braves, which officially clinched the second Wild Card for the Blue Jays. The Jays also took care of their own business, defeating the Red Sox 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. They will host the Orioles, who also clinched a Wild Card berth on Sunday afternoon. The two teams came into the day’s action tied at 88-73.
Devon Travis broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with a solo home run off of David Price. Jays starter Aaron Sanchez was working on a no-hitter but it was broken up with two outs in the seventh inning when Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer down the left field line. The Jays challenged the initial ruling, that the ball was fair, but it was upheld after replay review.
The Jays responded by rallying in the eighth inning against Red Sox reliever Brad Ziegler. Josh Donaldson led off with a single and Edwin Encarnacion walked. Jose Bautista grounded into a 5-3 double play, which appeared to be a rally-killer. But Russell Martin reached on an infield single, pushing Encarnacion to third base. Troy Tulowitzki came up and ripped a single to center field to bring in the go-ahead run.
Brett Cecil took over in the bottom of the eighth for Sanchez. Sanchez’s final line: seven innings, two hits, one run, two walks, six strikeouts on 97 pitches. Cecil yielded a single to pinch-hitter Chris Young, then struck out Andrew Benintendi. Joe Biagini came in and saw the Jays out of trouble, getting Dustin Pedroia to ground out and then striking out Brock Holt to end the eighth.
Roberto Osuna took over in the ninth inning. He got Mookie Betts to ground out and David Ortiz to ground out. After walking Ramirez and allowing a single to Xander Bogaerts, Osuna was able to get the final out of the game, a ground out to third base by Jackie Bradley, Jr.
The Cardinals won on Sunday afternoon, but it didn’t matter as the Giants took care of their own business, taking down the Dodgers 7-1 to clinch the second Wild Card in the National League.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda didn’t stand a chance on this particular afternoon, surrendering five runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts before departing with two outs in the third inning. Buster Posey opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first. Denard Span brought home two runs with a triple in the second and would come around to score on another Posey single shortly thereafter, staking the Giants to an early 5-0 lead.
Yasmani Grandal put the Dodgers on the board with an RBI single off of Matt Moore in the fourth, but that would be it the rest of the way. The Giants tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Hunter Pence and Brandon Crawford.
Moore went eight innings, yielding the one run on three hits and two walks with six strikeouts on 107 pitches. Sergio Romo came on in the ninth to seal the deal. He worked around a leadoff single by Andre Ethier by getting Austin Barnes to line out, striking out Yasiel Puig, and inducing a game-ending fly out from Rob Segedin.
The Giants will travel to New York to face the Mets in the National League Wild Card game.