“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, by Bing Crosby has been playing on my smart phone quite a bit this weekend. No, not because there’s 81 days left until Christmas, nor is it because the weather was quite cool on Saturday. It’s because Tuesday makes the beginning of the Major League Baseball playoffs.
As of Sunday, the last day of the Major League season, the American League West, and the Wild Card, are still up for grabs. The Texas Rangers have a one game lead over the Houston Astros, who are one game back of the New York Yankees in the Wild Card chase, and the Los Angeles Angels are a game back of the Astros. Both the Astros and Angels hold the tie break over the Yankees, they both won the season series.
So, with a Texas loss, and a Houston win, the two teams would meet on Monday to determine the AL West Championship with the loser hosting the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday. With a Houston loss, and Angels win, the two teams would meet on Monday to determine who played the Yankees, should they win on Sunday.