The Yankees dropped last night’s series opener against the Blue Jays, a game that mattered far more for Toronto than New York. The Bombers clinched a postseason spot on Sunday night, while the Jays still need to punch their tickets. They currently sit as the eighth seed. To get a better grasp of the postseason picture, we’re bringing back the popular Scoreboard Watching series to Pinstripe Alley. Here’s a recap of yesterday’s relevant games.
Twins lead the race for home-field advantage
After losing two in a row, the Yankees fell to the number five seed. If the Wild Card Series began today, they would still face the Twins, but the best-of-three showdown would take place at Target Field. Minnesota had yesterday off, and they have a quick two-game series against the Tigers beginning tonight. After that, they face the scorching-hot Reds.
Another potential Wild Card Series had a dress rehearsal on Monday night, with the Cleveland Indians besting the Chicago White Sox by a score of 7-4. The victory drops Cleveland’s magic number to one. Rookie right-hander Dane Dunning had a shaky outing, giving up home runs to Jose Ramirez and Carlos Santana, while Aaron Civale picked up the win—going for six, strong innings.
Oakland clinches the AL West
The Astros lost last night, and while they are comfortably in the postseason picture, I can enjoy a good Houston beatdown. The Mariners took care of business by a score of 6-1, with Marco Gonzales tossing eight shutout innings. Seattle tagged Lance McCullers Jr. for four runs over 6.2 innings, including an Evan White home run.
As a result of the Astros’ loss, the Oakland A’s clinched the AL West for the first time since 2013. Congratulations are in order there!