The final day of the Major League Baseball season is almost here. Saturday was the penultimate game of the 162-game marathon, and we still have a lot of questions left to answer. The American League Wild Card picture is still uncertain after the results of the day, and it could come down to a four-way tie for two spots or any number of other scenarios. The New York Yankees could have clinched on Saturday, but a demolition job by the Tampa Bay Rays, long since crowned winners of the AL East, prevented that. That leaves the Bronx Bombers tied with the Boston Red Sox, who beat Washington 5-3 on the day, tied with identical 91-70 records.
Just behind them, both are the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners, both of which are 90-71 heading into the (supposed) final day of the campaign. The Mariners defeated the Angels 6-4 while the Jays knocked off the Orioles 10-1 to keep each in with a shot. If the Yankees and Red Sox each win on Sunday, they will play one another in the WC game. Should they lose, though, that opens Pandora’s box if the Jays and/or Mariners win. There are tons of potential situations, and it means that Sunday is bound to be a can’t-miss day of action on the diamond. Also at stake will be the fate of the National League’s West division as the Los Angeles Dodgers are still in with a chance. Julio Urias won for the 20th time in 2021 and three Dodgers hit homers on Saturday in an 8-3 triumph over Milwaukee. That, coupled, with an extra-inning 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres by the San Francisco Giants means the lead is now just one with one to play. Should the Giants lose again and the Dodgers win, there would be a one-game playoff to see who wins the division and who hosts the Cardinals in a one-game showdown. That game, if needed, will be in San Fran due to them narrowly (10-9) winning the season series between the two squads. If the day wasn’t already going to be big enough, it just got even bigger and better.