Oct
02

Late night update: AL playoff field set

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With their wins tonight, both the Athletics and Tigers have clinched playoff berths. The Yankees, Orioles, and Rangers all clinched last night. The Tigers have the seventh best record in the AL but still became the first team in the league to clinch a division title with their win over the Royals. The Athletics clinched at least a wildcard berth with their win over the Rangers. The AL East and AL West titles are still up for grabs, so we don’t know who is playing who just yet.

It remains to be seen how the Rays will play against the Orioles the next two days now that they’ve been eliminated from postseason contention, but the Yankees do control their own destiny. If they win their next two games, they’ll be the AL East champs regardless of what happens in St. Pete. It’s also worth noting that the Yankees are now tied with Texas for the best record in the AL. New York also holds the tie-breaker, which is a big deal. Lots on the line the next two days.

Categories : Asides, Playoffs
  • ethan

    what is the tie breaker with rangers? Head-to-head?

    • forensic

      Yup, season series is the first tie-breaker, and the Yanks won 4-3.

  • forensic

    I don’t really buy into the playing dead thing when a team is eliminated. I still think they’ll play hard. The biggest change I think that could happen (which could be significant) would be Tampa maybe deciding to shut down Longoria, because he appeared to be running about as well as Posada in that one highlight tonight.

  • stuart a

    Angels no playoffs, ouch.

    King Felix got rocked again, bad down the stretch. Still want to be in Seattle? ENjoy another 3 years of terrible baseball.

    A’s amazing to make the playoffs with a pitching staff that averages about 25 yeears old… There offense is much better then it has been in years…

    Not a lot of big market teams in the playoffs…should be interesting..

  • mustang

    All this and the Cowboys get killed with Romo being picked 5 times.

    I’m having a REAL good sport night.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Just win the next two games and clinch the #1 seed. I don’t want to have to worry about what the Rays, A’s or anyone else does.

    • forensic

      I’m so on board with this!

      • mustang

        Count me on.

        • Austin Aunelowitzky

          I subscribe.

    • Captain_Turbo

      +1

    • rek4gehrig

      + 10

  • Get Phelps Up

    Man, I hope Oakland wins that division.

    • mustang

      I wanted this then I realized who their GM was.

      NO THANKS!

      • Get Phelps Up

        I just want to see Texas have to play the WC game and burn either Darvish or Dempster.

        • mustang

          You have a good point, but just the idea of Beane winning anything makes me sick.
          His head would get so big that they would have to have both Matt Damon and Brad Pitt play is role in Money Ball 2.

          • mustang

            his not is

        • forensic

          I’m all for Darvish in that case. Not too concerned facing Dempster though.

          • DT

            Darvish is like AJ, he can be utterly nasty at times and hsut you down or end putting everyone on base. Dempster since coming to the AL has been nothing short of underwhelming. He’s been more Hughes over the stretch than a number 2.

            • forensic

              Darvish concerns me against the Yanks. I know he’s had four blah months in the middle of the season, but he’s been terrific in September and all of his season-long peripheral’s outside of the walks are terrific. The one game he already pitched against the Yanks kind of factors in there too.

              • DT

                Yea i’m worried about him, since the Good Yu Darvish has been showing up more and more towards the end of the season. But at the same time his lack of consistency does give you something to hope for.

                • forensic

                  A little hope, but it may just be like AJ where they never see Bad Yu until they sign him.

  • Zack

    I don’t see Joe Maddon rolling over for the O’s despite the fact they have nothing left to play for.

    • mustang

      agree.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I’m expecting Shields to throw a gem tomorrow. Hopefully, Tampa’s offense can do something.

      • forensic

        Hopefully you’re right. He is Big Game James after all (that’s not just for Tampa’s big games, right?).

        Unfortunately, he’s gotten slapped around by Baltimore twice already this year. Hopefully it won’t be a third time.

    • Captain_Turbo

      I agree. I think Maddon and Tampa have too much pride not to play their best these last two games and go out on a high note.

  • Jose

    So who do the yankees play if they win the east and end with the best record?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      winner of the wild card game

  • captain kiwi

    i feel confident that if we take the game behind phelps, we sweep. still hoping it comes down to a’s knocking out the o’s in the one-game playoff…

    • Mike

      I prefer the exact opposite (I’d like Baltimore over Oakland)

      • Laz

        they would face the first 2 games on the road, Yankees have been better in camden then in the coliseum. The O’s barely outscore their opponents, wheras the A’s are truly legit, They have a run diff that is exactly as their record should be.

        • Mike

          Correct, that’s why if Oakland wins the WC, I prefer they lose that game to Baltimore. Or on the other hand, I also don’t mind if they win the next 2 against Texas

  • mustang

    Hats off to Bud Selig and MLBPA!

    How much fun is this? And we haven’t even hit the win and in wild card game.

    LOVE IT!!

    • whozat

      Not more fun than last year, really. I’d argue that it’s less fun, because there’s “mandatory” excitement with the play-in game. Last year, it was all organic. 162 games really DID come do to the wire, for multiple teams all across the country.

      • mustang

        I guess you’re right about last year I kind have forgot about it but how may times has that happen. What sticks in my mind is all those years where the Yankees and Sox just divide the division and wild card spots with little difference between them this is much more fun. And while last year was an anomaly this will have more of a chance to be the normal.
        Most years by now everything is locked and nobody really cares into the playoffs.

        • mustang

          until not onto

      • mustang

        ” I’d argue that it’s less fun, because there’s “mandatory” excitement with the play-in game. Last year, it was all organic. 162 games really DID come do to the wire, for multiple teams all across the country.”

        10/2/11- All divisions and wild cards spots were locked in with the Yankees, Detroit, Texas, Phil, MIL, AZ, and the 2 wild card the Rays and St. Louis.

        10/2/12- Have only one division winner in the AL, Detroit with everything else still wide open and 4 teams cross the country fighting for positions. In the NL 2 teams fighting for a spot with 2 sudden death games ahead for both leagues.

        LESS FUN?? I don’t see it.

        • CUYanks

          There’d still be a battle for a playoff berth between Oak/Bal/NYY if the old system existed, with the higher stakes of 1 not even making the playoffs. In fact, this year might have just formalized a one-game playoff for the WC that might already have happened, if Oak/Bal tie.

      • Captain_Turbo

        Regardless, still a lot of fun to watch this year…

  • http://none Ton Lon ton

    Wowereeeeereeeeee

  • umbrellaman

    Weird how it plays out. If the Yankees win out, they get the #1 seed and will play the team with 3rd or 4th best record and avoid playing the team with the 7th best record in the league, which might be the most dangerous team in a short series.

  • forensic

    I hadn’t necessarily thought about it in these terms, but just watching the postgame now Jack Curry made a good point. In the span of about 5 innings (7th yesterday-2nd today) the Yankees went from potentially 1 game back in 2nd place to 1 game ahead and controlling their own destiny for all potential seedings.

    • mustang

      Too much…LOL

      I know it’s not perfect, but this system is just so much fun.

    • mustang

      The Yankees have the tie breaker over Texas 4 to 3. To think some otherwise meaningless win during the regular season can now come back and mean so how.

      Too much!

      • mustang

        much not how

      • forensic

        Part of why I hate when people write off games earlier in the season like they mean nothing.

  • Mike

    I mentioned this in the other post

    Yesterday there were 0 AL playoff teams, now there are 5

    Last week there were 4 NL playoff teams, and today, there are still 4

    “Can’t predict baseball”.

  • Mike

    I hope either Oakland wins the division, or if not, I hope they lose the wild card matchup. It would suck for the Yankees to travel out there whether it’s Yankees/A’s in wild card game or A’s possibly playing the Yankees in the LDS.

  • Zack

    I wonder why people are gloating over the Angels being knocked out on ESPN or Mlb Network. After all,they spend $300 million to try and “buy” a championship with PUjols and Wilson.

  • DT

    Funny how a few weeks ago the Yankees were collapsing and now the Rangers have the same record as us and in the same position as the Yanks in terms of winning the division.

    • Zack

      The Rangers bats can’t hide the fact several of their pitchers are gone and their replacements are crap.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Their offense has been rather average for the past month as well.

        • forensic

          They’ve been a serious every other month team this year. That would line them up for a good October, but hopefully there are too many issues for them to overcome at this point.

  • Pat D

    A few late night observations.

    1) Tigers fans are funny. Just go read David Schoenfield’s latest blog post on ESPN and then read the comments. High comedy.

    2) How many managers are getting fired? We’ve already had Mills and Acta. I’m expecting Valentine, Guillen, Tracy at least. Anyone else think other heads will roll?

    3) Ultra sweet win tonight. Hopefully the offense keeps rolling tomorrow and Phelps keeps the AAA lineup down.

    4) Oakland and the Yankees split 10 games. If both teams win their division and finish with the same record, who gets home field advantage?

    • forensic

      You really think they’ll dump Guillen after one year? I haven’t followed them much, and yes they’re terrible, but I think they just dumb enough to keep him (along with other geographic reasons).

      Oakland would get home-field as they would have the better intradivisional record.

      • Pat D

        Yes, I do think they’ll dump Guillen. They expected to contend for the division and instead they dumped a bunch of guys. That plus Guillen’s comments at the beginning of the season have doomed him. The Marlins have to be concerned with making sure people come to the ballpark and those Cubans in Miami don’t forget anything.

        So Oakland would get it due to having a better record in their division even though they don’t play in the same division? That’s dumb, though I guess there aren’t any other good tiebreakers in that scenario.

        • dalelama

          Guillen has a pretty big contract and Miami owner is cheap so I don’t think Guillen going anywhere but instead their GM will take the fall.

    • MannyGeee

      no way they’d dump Guillien.

      1) they traded for him, meaning they gave away a player for a manager to fire him in 8 months?

      2) This team has much bigger issues than Guillien. they are a ‘fantasy team’ that cant glue together (think 2011 Red Sox, 2007 Yankees). Guillien cant be blamed for bad ownership.

      3) They knew what he was when they trded for him.

      actually, all those reasons are absolutely why he’ll get fired. that team is a mess, from the ownership and GM down

  • Zack

    I could see Scioscia getting the ax as well.

    • forensic

      No way. He has so much good faith built up, they wouldn’t do anything to him despite this huge disappointment and 3 straight years out of the playoffs. Plus, it’s LA, it’s not like the fans there would care enough at this point to call for his head anyway.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Agreed. One bad season doesn’t sink Scoscia.

  • Mick taylor

    If it was not for the outrageous stealing of a game by the orioles and Jerry miles the umpire the yanks win the decision yet due to anti – yank bias that got no where near the media outrage the blown call in the greenbay Seattle game which was a relatively meaningless september football ga
    E. I can guarantee you if that ha d been another team than the yanks people like buster olney would be screaming for baseball instant replay

  • Mick taylor

    If it was not for the outrageous stealing of a game by the orioles and Jerry miles the umpire the yanks win the decision yet due to anti – yank bias that got no where near the media outrage the blown call in the greenbay Seattle game which was a relatively meaningless september football game
    E. I can guarantee you if that ha d been another team than the yanks people like buster olney would be screaming for baseball instant replay

  • Mick taylor

    If it was not for the outrageous stealing of a game by the orioles and Jerry miles the umpire the yanks win the decision yet due to anti – yank bias that got no where near the media outrage the blown call in the greenbay Seattle game which was a relatively meaningless september football game I can guarantee you if that ha d been another team than the yanks people like buster olney would be screaming for baseball instant replay

  • Mick taylor

    If it was not for the outrageous stealing of a game by the orioles and Jerry miles the umpire the yanks win the decision yet due to anti – yank bias that got no where near the media outrage the blown call in the greenbay Seattle game which was a relatively meaningless september football game I can guarantee you if that ha d been another team than the yanks people like buster olney would be screaming for baseball instant replay

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I would laugh my ass off heartedly if the O’s lose a buy-in game and are forgotten for eternity afterwards.

    Can’t wait to clinch this thing.

    • mustang

      Agree

    • Anthony

      I’m still intimidated by the possibility of having to play the A’s out in Oakland (remember the 4-game sweep?) but I agree. The O’s have been so pesky.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        Baseball-wise and travel-wise, I’d say I’d rather play the O’s, but I hate them so I’m with Tilapia on this. Would be hilarious to see them go down in one game. Plus, playing Oakland in the first round just reminds me of good times.

  • OldYanksFan

    The Rays won’t rollover, but they certainly won’t play as hard as they would if they were still in. If they were still playing for a spot, they would run through walls, dive into the stands and generally kill themselves to Win. Now, guys won’t chance an injury to make a great play, Maddon won’t manage like it’s a WS, and players may get time off.

    Really wish Oakland lost last night.
    But… we do have a great shot to do it ourselves.

    • TomH

      I think Shields will give it his best. I’m not so sure about tomorrow’s game though.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Hellickson has the incentive for double digit W’s, I guess.

  • Steve

    It sure would be nice for the Yanks to get into the ALCS this year. If they can, I think they’ll win #28. I think it’s all a crapshoot before that.

    In years past, there always seemed to be a weak team that I hoped the Yanks played in the first round. Now they all seem to be able to knock out the Bombers in one game or a short series. (I’d prefer a best-of-7 ALDS rather than letting in a 2nd wild card team, and let the divisional winner that plays the wild card team have to win only 3 games before losing 4 – open with 2 away, 3 at home, game 6 away).

    What happened to the days where money can buy you a pennant? :-)
    (said sarcastically, because it’s never been true)

    • dalelama

      Arod’s Yankee career sure proves that—what a waste of cash.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        The vast majority of his Yankee career has been worth the cash.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    Rays did their jobs. Now we just need to win 2 games at home against a team that is a shadow of its former self. With Teixera back we have a formidable lineup vs LHP and we get Lester tonight. Better not see Andruw. Teix at 1st, Swish in RF, Ichy in LF, Alex at 3rd, Nunie DH. Te As winning last night has no bearing on us as long as we do our jobs.

    • rek4gehrig

      This.

  • UncleArgyle

    Tampa will still play hard i’m sure, but I doubt Longoria plays, and I doubt Rodney pithces in a save situation if one arises. (To preserve his ERA record). Oh Well, Yankees control their fate anyway

  • Yank The Frank

    Just win baby.

  • Total Dominication

    So considering that the Tigers have been much worse than either of the WIld Card teams this year, do we really want the #1 seed? Is the burning of the WIld Card teams’ “ace” really enough?

  • Total Dominication

    So considering that the Tigers have been much worse than either of the WIld Card teams this year, do we really want the #1 seed? Is the burning of the WIld Card teams’ “ace” really enough?

  • Total Dominication

    So considering that the Tigers have been much worse than either of the WIld Card teams this year, do we really want the #1 seed? Is the burning of the WIld Card teams’ “ace” really enough?

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      Do you want to deal with Verlander twice in 5 games?

  • tommy cassella

    what really pisses me off are all the blown calls by the umps this year against the yanks. you listening jerry meals. you are nothing more than a blind bat wearing an umpire’s uniform.

  • tommy cassella

    what really pisses me off are all the blown calls by the umps against the yanks this year. you listening jerry meals. you are nothing more than a blind bat wearing an umpire’s uniform.

  • tommy cassella

    please GOD, please help the yanks win tonight.

  • tommy cassella

    A-CHOKE IS GETTING PAID TO HIT HOME RUNS. IT SEEMS TO ME, THE LAST HOMER HE HIT WAS WHEN MOSES PARTED THE RED SEA.