Re-setting the American League’s second Wild Card race

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It’s time to check back in on the American League’s second Wild Card race, which is basically the only playoff spot up for grabs in either league.

There’s still a slim chance that the Rangers could self-destruct and go from winning the AL West division to grabbing the second Wild Card spot, but short of that happening it’s a three-team race among the Astros, Angels, and Twins.

Yesterday the Twins split a doubleheader with the Indians, the Angels lost to an AL-worst A’s team that started Barry Zito in his career sendoff, and the Astros escaped Seattle with a win against the Mariners.

Standings!

Astros: 84-75, — GB
Angels: 83-75, 0.5 GB
Twins: 82-76, 1.5 GB

Here’s where FanGraphs sees the current Wild Card odds with four days to go in the regular season:

Astros – 65%
Angels – 25%
Twins – 4%

That leaves 6% remaining, which belongs to the Rangers in case they tumble out of the division lead. And that’s still possible because the Rangers finish the season with a four-game series versus the Angels, in Texas.

Here are the remaining schedules:

Astros: 3 at Diamondbacks
Angels: 4 at Rangers
Twins: 1 at Indians, 3 vs Royals

They’re all fighting for a chance to play the Wild Card game against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, the winner of which goes on to play the AL-best Blue Jays or Royals in the ALDS.