Both Chicago teams - the Cubs and White Sox - grabbed the 6th and final playoff spots in their leagues in the final Series in our Statis-pro baseball season that started way before the real season started.
The AL playoff matchups are set:
6-seed White Sox vs. 3-seed Yankees, winner plays 2-seed Astros
4-5 seeds, Twins vs. A's, winner plays 1-seed Rays
The following is the grid of each of the 10 teams who advanced in the AL overall and in each 6-game series.
The division titles went as expected, but it was an exciting ending for the wildcard race.The Cubs had just enough to get into the playoffs. The Reds won 5-straight, while the Diamondbackslost 4-straight to close the season and shake up the first round matchups.Here are the final standings/statistics/awards. Plus first round playoff matchups.The major individual awards:MVP
Ronald Acuna, Jr. [Atl]He ended up 3-HR's shy of a quadruple crown.Batting [1st] .344 (41-119)RBI's [T-1st] 30Runs [1st] 29HR's [3rd] 10Cy YoungA surprising finish pushed the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks into the award.Two sub-par starts at the end by Max Scherzer took him out of what appeared to be a guaranteed award.Hendricks numbers over last seven starts.5-0, 1.59 ERA. [51 IP, 9 ER]NL "East"Washington 19-11Atlanta 18-12Chicago 14-16Philadelphia 10-20New York 8-22NL "West"Los Angeles 21- 9Cincinnati 18-12Arizona 17-13St. Louis 13-17Milwaukee 12-18WildcardAtlanta 18-12Cincinnati 18-12Arizona 17-13Chicago 14-16St. Louis 13-17Milwaukee 12-18Individual StatsBattingAcuna, Atl .344Peralta, Arz .340Castellanos, Cin .339Home RunsPederson, LA 12Muncy, LA 11Acuna, Atl 10RBI'sAcuna, Atl 30Suarez, Cin 30KMarte, Arz 28Goldschmidt, Arz 28Starting PitchingHendricks, Chi 5-0, 1.59Bumgarner, Arz 4-0, 1.75Flaherty, Stl. 4-1, 2.12Relief PitcherWSmith, Atl 1-0, 9-10 Sv-OppDoolittle, Wsh 0-0, 9-10 Sv-OppStatis-Pro National LeagueWildcard Round Playoffs[Best of 5]Arizona vs. Cincinnati (winner faces LA Dodgers)Regular season series tied 2-2 [road team won each game]Game 1Bumgarner [4-0, 1.75] vs. Gray [4-2, 3.25]Game 2Weaver [2-3, 3.69] vs. Miley [4-2, 4.53]Game 3AYoung [4-2, 4.38] vs. Bauer [2-2, 2.41]Chicago vs. Atlanta (Winner faces Washington)Regular season series tied 2-2Game 1Hendricks [5-0, 1.59] vs. Soroka [3-2, 4.28]Game 2Darvish [2-1, 2.68] vs. Fried [5-1, 4.32]Game 3Quintana [3-3, 5.29] vs. Tomlin [3-2, 7.88]
The Astros hold the tie-breaker vs. the A's die to winning the series 4 games to 2, so they will grab the bye for the AL West unless they go 0-6 against the Red Sox (lose both games after trailing by at least 5 at the end of the 8th inning) and Oakland goes 6-0 in the same manner in their final two game series against the Cubs.
The Yankees hold the tie-breaker vs. the Rays, but both are 56-34, so if the Rays do just one game better in their final series against the White Sox to claim the bye.
4 Wild Cards
With the Rays or Yankees falling to the top wild card spot, there are basically 5 teams fighting for the final three playoff spots and they are each one game apart. The A's (50-40), Twins (49-41), White Sox (48-42 and final team in if season ended today), Indians (47-43) and Angels (46-44). If two teams are tied then the head-to-head is the tie-breaker, and if the teams went 3-3 against each other then the next tie-breaker is the record in the 54 games against the other 9 AL qualifiers (the Yankees finished with the best record against the other nine at 30-24, but 4 teams still have a chance to surpass them in their final 6 games).
The Red Sox (37-47) and Blue Jays (38-46) are mathematically alive but one of them would need to go 12-0 and get help from other teams.