8 Things to Watch in Weekend's Critical MLB Pennant Race Action

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8 Things to Watch in Weekend's Critical MLB Pennant Race Action
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With a big weekend, Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates can slide safely into the playoffs.

Major League Baseball provides its fans with plenty of intriguing things to watch during this penultimate weekend of the regular season. From coast to coast, critical matchups will dramatically influence the pennant races.

It's important to focus on contending teams, particularly those barely clinging to life in the wild-card races, like the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Also, we ought to closely observe Jesse Crain, Starling Marte and other impact players coming back from injuries.

In this era of increased multi-tasking, you talented fans are more than capable of splitting your attention among a handful of huge matchups.

 

*Stats provided by FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. Updated through the games of Sept. 19.
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