We’ve got just under three weeks left in the MLB regular season. There’s one thing for sure about the Major Leagues: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. As we approach the postseason, things always start to tighten up. We’ve seen some incredible final day action, and this season is shaping up to be no different.
In the NL, there are seven teams with legitimate chances for postseason action. Here’s what we got, via Bleacher Report.
The Nats have an 8.5 game lead in the NL East. Yeah, they’re at 99%. Next.
Coming off a tough stretch, the Braves no longer are on the inside looking out. Sitting 2 games back in the Wild Card race, Atlanta has just a 27% chance of advancing.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Birds were looking like a lock after a 9-1 run, but after dropping three straight to the Reds, St. Louis is just 2.5 games ahead in the NL Central. Still, they’re looking at a 92% chance for postseason play.
The Pirates are looking strong for the second Wild Card spot in the NL after rebounding from a 25-30 start to the season. 1.5 games ahead, Pittsburgh’s got a 57% chance to make the postseason.
The Brewers have put up a devastating 5-16 record in their last 21, dropping them to 1.5 games back in the Wild Card race. With series against the Cards and the Pirates remaining, their chances are at just 28%.
In the AL, there are nine teams with a legitimate chance for postseason play. Here’s how it looks.
The O’s are a virtual lock for the postseason, currently sitting at first in the AL East and rocking a 99% chance to make the postseason. Next please.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays are 3.5 games back in the Wild Card race, which puts their chances as not great. Not great at all. Despite a hot start to the year, Toronto is looking at just a 6% chance of playing in the fall.
New York Yankees
It’s not looking great, but the Yanks are still mathematically in it. With a four-game stint with the Orioles coming up, Jeter and the Yankees sit 4 games back in the Wild Card race and hold just a 1% chance of moving on.
Kansas City Royals
Looking to break that 28-year postseason drought, the Royals are looking good. They came out HOT after the all-star break, and with a generous schedule remaining, they’re looking good to lock up — even if through the Wild Card — a postseason bid. Chances? 83%.
Although they haven’t dusted the league to quite the extent they were expected to, the Tigers are doing well. They too have a friendly schedule to close out the season, and they’re sitting on an 82% chance of making it to the postseason.
Although technically still alive, like the Yanks, it’s not looking good for Cleveland. There’s a lot going on in that quiet city with LeBron and Johnny Football, but the chances of anything going on on the baseball diamond this fall is just 3%.
Yeah, they’re basically a lock. 99%. Next.
The A’s have had a terrible run over the last several weeks. Sitting 5.5 gams up in the Wild Card race in late August, Oakland has gone 4-11 since and sit just 1.5 games up now with a 65% chance for extra action.
The Mariners were hot in August, and that’s put them in great shape for a postseason showing. Rocking a league-leading 3.01 team ERA, Seattle has a 62% chance of making the postseason.
While the regular season can really drag on, the MLB postseason is about as exciting as it gets. It’s so perfect for having a few casuals while casually watching. Just a great thing. Tighten up your bootstraps folks, we’ve got NFL hitting full stride, MLB playoffs lurking, and the NBA and NHL start up in October.
I’m all giddy.