Only three Major League baseball teams carried tragic numbers into games today. That's the combination of losses for those on the outside looking in, combined with wins by teams holding the second wild card position that would serve to eliminate a team from a shot at the post-season.
Seattle, Milwaukee and Cleveland began play today with tragic numbers of 2, 1 and 1. respectively.- CLINCHED DIVISION: Orioles, Angels, Nationals, Dodgers
- IN PLAYOFFS: Tigers, Cardinals, Pirates. Giants
- WILD CARD HOLDERS: Royals, A's
- STILL ALIVE: Seattle, Cleveland
Milwaukee had an afternoon start in Cincinnati and needed to win today and three more games after that while hoping that the San Francisco Giants, playing later tonight, would lose their remaining four games.
The Brewers, who sat atop the National League Central standings for 150 games this season, dropped a 5-3 decision to the Reds. Their long shot dream was over.
Next up, Seattle in Toronto. The Mariners were not only trying to stay alive in the wild card chase, but were attempting to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Jays. Riding the powerful bat of two homer man Logan Morrison they accomplished that, winning 7-5.
So the Mariners kept their tragic number at two and will survive until Friday at least. They trail the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland A's who occupy the two American League wild card positions by three games. Those two teams have games this evening.
Cleveland's Indians are another half game back of the Royals and A's, with their razor-thin tragic number reduced to one game. They have the evening off so they may come to Progressive Field for tomorrow's tilt against Tampa Bay already knocked out of the hunt.
Retiring commissioner Bud Selig has had a career full of praise and criticism during his reign at the helm of Major League baseball, but the addition of first one, now two wild cards in each league, has done a lot to keep baseball's final week full of hope in numerous cities.