The field for the Major League Baseball playoffs is officially set following Monday night as the Philadelphia Phillies took the final spot up for grabs in the National League, clinching a Wild Card place by defeating the Houston Astros, a tough way to do it, 3-0 at Minute Maid Park. Aaron Nola was spectacular on the mound, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out nine batters and Kyle Schwarber, the only man that has been able to stay remotely close to Aaron Judge, hit two homers to make it 46 for the season. With the win, the team are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2011, and they will hope to do more damage then.
Elsewhere, the Toronto Blue Jays assured themselves of the top Wild Card spot in the AL, winning 5-1 in Baltimore after eight innings. Vlad Guerrero, Jr. hit his 32nd homer of the campaign in the contest, meaning they will likely see Tampa Bay at home in the best-of-three opening round. In the NL East, the Mets’ hopes of winning the division stayed alive on the evening as they were idle (they’ll play a doubleheader against the Nationals on Tuesday) due to the Atlanta Braves’ 4-0 loss in Miami to the Marlins. Bryan De La Cruz had a two-run homer and an RBI double while Jesus Luzardo K’d 12 in six innings. The Braves’ magic number is still at one. Albert Pujols, meanwhile, hit his 703rd career homer as the St. Louis Cardinals lost 3-2 in Pittsburgh to the Pirates.