The Houston Astros will finish the year with the best record in the American League. The team notched its 105th win of the season by besting the Angels, 4-0. Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley provided the firepower, as each hit home runs. Houston now holds the number one seed, and with it home-field advantage throughout the AL playoff circuit.
A’s and Rays set for Wild Card showdown
The American League Wild Card Game now has its participants. Both the Athletics and Rays clinched last night. The Rays beat the Blue Jays, while the A’s actually lost to the Mariners. The Cleveland Indians fell to the Nationals, thus eliminating them from postseason contention. This will be Oakland’s second consecutive Wild Card berth, while the Rays haven’t made the playoffs since 2013. It remains to be seen who will host the play-in game.
For those looking ahead to a potential World Series matchup, the Dodgers won again last night. At 104-56, they remain one game ahead of the Bombers in the home-field advantage race. Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Joc Pederson teed off against Johnny Cueto. Walker Buehler, meanwhile, allowed two runs over five innings, striking out eight.