Late night update: AL playoff field setBy
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.