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Sept. 24, 2019: Daily Postseason Update

Rays rally after trailing 4-0 to beat Red Sox

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals, Rays and Cardinals got a little closer to clinching their postseason appearance with wins on Monday.

No division titles can be clinched until Wednesday at the earliest

However, if the Nationals can sweep their doubleheader against the Phillies and the Cubs lose, the Nationals would be the first team to clinch a wild-card spot

Tiebreaker and home-field advantage status

Currently, there are no ties of consequence in the National League postseason, if the Brewers and Nationals end up tied for the two wild-card spots, the Brewers will host the wild-card game because they won their season series against the Nationals.

The Rays and Indians are going back and forth for the second wild-card position, if they end up tied, they will play on Monday September 30th at Tampa because the Rays won their season series 6 games to 1.

The real fun would be a three-way tie for two wild-card spots, the Athletics have a 1½ games lead over the Rays with the Indians just a half-game behind the Rays.

The Dodgers need a win or a Braves loss to clinch home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. The Braves have clinched having home field in National League Divisional Series.

The Astros and Yankees are tied for best record in the American League, the Astros have the tie-breaker against the Yankees.

National League Division Races

NL West - Dodgers clinched the division on Tuesday September 10th.

NL Central - Cardinals have a 3½ games lead over the Brewers (3)

NL East - Braves clinched the division on Friday September 20th

American League Division Races

AL West - Astros clinched the division on Sunday September 22nd.

AL Central - Twins have a 4 games lead over the Indians (3).

AL East - Yankees clinched the division on Thursday September 19th.

National League Wild-Card Race

  • Nationals have a half-game lead over the Brewers for the top wild-card position
  • The Cubs (3) are 4 games back and the Mets (2) trail by 5 games.
  • The Phillies (1) are 6½ games back and are just about of postseason contention
  • The Diamondbacks were eliminated from the postseason on Monday September 23rd

American League Wild-Card Race

  • Athletics are in the first wild-card position and they have a 1½ games lead over the Rays
  • The Rays have a half-game lead over the Indians (6)

Monday’s scoreboard

Nationals 7, Phillies 2

Rays 7, Red Sox 4

Marlins 8, Mets 4

Cardinals 9, Diamondbacks 7

Tuesday’s schedule

10:05 am PT: Phillies @ Nationals

3:40 pm: Brewers @ Reds

3:40 pm: Twins @ Tigers

4:05 pm: Phillies @ Nationals

4:05 pm: Cubs @ Pirates

4:10 pm: Yankees @ Rays

4:10 pm: Marlins @ Mets

5:10 pm: Indians @ White Sox

5:15 pm: Braves @ Royals

6:40 pm: Cardinals @ Diamondbacks

7:07 pm: Athletics @ Angels

7:10 pm: Astros @ Mariners

7:10 pm: Dodgers @ Padres