September 28, 2017
While there are a handful of powerhouse MLB teams this season the MLB wild card standings are coming down to the wire.
In the American League, the race could not be closer.
The New York Yankees (87 wins) and the Minnesota Twins (82 wins) are neck-and-neck as the playoff season is inching closer, but the Los Angeles Angels are only five wins away from passing the Twins with 77 under their belt.
At this point, any two of the three teams could win the pair of wild card spots.
However, instead of contending for the wild card, the Yankees are looking to overtake the Boston Red Sox who have 91 regular season wins. As close as the Yankees are to securing the wild card, they are just as close to securing a definite playoff position.
Yet, no team vying for a wild card spot is safe. Many teams are inching closer to the leaders like the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners each trailing with 75 wins a piece.
With an average of nine games left in the regular season, there is no telling what could happen. The National League has produced the best record this year in L.A. where the Dodgers have 99 wins. The Nationals have pulled away completely and have left the rest of the East in the dust by leading with 95 wins, not far behind the Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs, coming off a long-awaited World Series pennant last year, are holding on to their lead in the NL Central of five wins over the Milwaukee Brewers, who are hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Ahead of the Brewers are the current wild card leaders: The Diamondbacks and the Rockies.
Though the Diamondbacks seem stable with 90 wins, their upcoming weekend series against the Marlins could end in a plethora of different results.
With October baseball right around the corner, all eyes turn to the diamond as contention for the playoffs and eventually the World Series constantly gains fuel.
Milwaukee fans, as well as myself, feel the Brewers are deserving of a playoff run this year. After six years of hard work and no playoffplay, this year could be the year for Milwaukee.
This October will be filled with plenty of excitement, and maybe even a wildcard team taking home the trophy. Olivia DeGraca is a sophomore communication major.
Olivia DeGraca is a sophomore communication major.