2013 MLB Postseason Race Tracker: Latest Standings and Updates
The 2013 MLB postseason is almost upon us, but baseball's best teams continue to fight for playoff positioning.
Follow along while we update the playoff picture every night and provide you with key notes and information from around the league.
The following teams have already clinched 2013 division titles: Boston Red Sox (AL East), Detroit Tigers (AL Central), Oakland A's (AL West), Atlanta Braves (NL East), St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central), Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West).
AL Wild Card
|1||Z - Cleveland Indians||92||70||.568||+1|
|T2||Tampa Bay Rays||91||71||.562||-|
NL Wild Card
|1||Z - Pittsburgh Pirates||94||68||.580||-|
|2||Z - Cincinnati Reds||90||72||.556||4|
AL's Race for No. 1 Seed
|1||Y - Boston Red Sox||97||65||.599||-|
NL's Race for No. 1 Seed
|1||Y - St. Louis Cardinals||97||65||.599||-|
Y - clinched No. 1 seed
Z - clinched wild-card spot
Sunday, Sept. 29: Texas Rangers 6, Los Angeles Angels 2
The Rangers beat the Angels to force a play-in game. Texas will face the Rays to see who will play Cleveland in the AL Wild Card Game. Two wins would take Texas from potentially missing out on the playoffs to the ALDS.
Sunday, Sept. 29: Cleveland Indians 5, Minnesota Twins 1
The Indians locked up a wild-card berth after winning 10 straight games to end the season. The team will either face the Rangers or Rays.
Sunday, Sept. 29: Atlanta Braves 12, Philadelphia Phillies 5
It is official: Dodgers at Braves in Game 1 Thursday.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 29, 2013
The Braves missed out on home-field advantage after the Cards won today, but the team will host the Dodgers in the NLDS.
Sunday, Sept. 29: St. Louis Cardinals 4, Chicago Cubs 0
And with that, the @Cardinals clinch home field throughout the NL playoffs! If BOS loses, we'll also clinch the best regular season record!— Kyle Thompson (@KyleOKC) September 29, 2013
The Cards wrapped up home-field advantage with a win today. St. Louis will face one of its NL Central rivals (winner of the NL Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Reds).
Sunday, Sept. 29: Tampa Bay Rays 7, Toronto Blue Jays 6
Rays survive a scare but defeat the Blue Jays 7-6 to clinch at least a tiebreaker game, depending on the Rangers' game— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 29, 2013
The Rays clinched a share of the second AL wild-card spot with their win today. The team is a half-game up on the Rangers and a half-game behind the Indians, both of whom have yet to finish their games on Sunday.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Philadelphia Phillies 5, Atlanta Braves 4
The Braves almost came back to tie the game, but a Chris Johnson grounder was snagged by Jimmy Rollins, who made a good throw to first to get the final out of the game. Atlanta is now a game behind St. Louis for home-field advantage.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Seattle Mariners 7, Oakland Athletics 5
Brad Miller went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI as the Mariners halted the A's chances of home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Oakland is now relegated to the No. 2 seed where it will face Detroit in the ALDS.
Saturday, Sept. 28: St. Louis Cardinals 6, Chicago Cubs 2
The Cardinals will maintain at least a share of the lead for home-field advantage throughout the NL portion of the playoffs after they scored six runs through the first three innings. Adam Wainwright picked up his 19th win, moving him into a tie with Jordan Zimmermann for the lead in the NL.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Cleveland Indians 5, Minnesota Twins 1
The Indians also lead both the Rangers and Rays by a game in the AL Wild Card standings. Guaranteed themselves at least a Game 163.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) September 28, 2013
The Indians won their ninth game in a row as Michael Bourn and Carlos Santana each had two RBI. Scott Kazmir went six innings and struck out 11. Now, if Cleveland wins on Sunday, the Indians will clinch a playoff spot.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Pittsburgh Pirates 8, Cincinnati Reds 3
The Pirates clinched the right to host the Wild Card Game as Marlon Byrd went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Toronto Blue Jays 7, Tampa Bay Rays 2
The Rays dropped into a tie with the Rangers for the second spot in the Wild Card after losing to the Blue Jays. Starting pitcher Chris Archer was yanked in the third inning after giving up one run. It all comes down to Sunday for the Rays. Matt Moore is scheduled to take the mound for Tampa Bay.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Texas Rangers 7, Los Angeles Angels 4
The Rangers won their sixth game in a row as they scored four runs in the second inning en route to the win. The Angels had five errors in the game, helping the Rangers score their runs in the second.
Saturday, Sept. 28: Oakland Athletics 8, Seattle Mariners 2
A's have 95 wins for the first time since finishing 2003 with a 96-66 record.— Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) September 28, 2013
The A's kept pace with the Red Sox, but they'll need to win the last two games and have the Red Sox lose their last two in order to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Friday, Sept. 27: Cleveland Indians 12, Minnesota Twins 6
Indians win. So it's TEX one back of CLE and TB for two wild card spots. Two games left. Chaos.— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) September 28, 2013
The Tribe tallied eight extra-base hits and pulled away against Minnesota's relievers. The win elevates them to a season-high 20 games above .500.
Cleveland takes advantage of the Tampa Bay Rays' loss to pull even with them in the scramble for a wild-card berth.
Friday, Sept. 27: Texas Rangers 5, Los Angeles Angels 3
Rangers end the game by retiring 13 straight Angels. Last Angels hitter to reach was Josh Hamilton in the fifth.— Anthony Andro (@aandro) September 28, 2013
Alexi Ogando flirted with disaster in the middle innings, but solid defense and a lights-out bullpen led the Rangers to their 89th win of the season. With only two games remaining, they're still looking up at the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians in the AL wild-card standings.
Friday, Sept. 27: St. Louis Cardinals 7, Chicago Cubs 0
Lance Lynn preserved the shutout through six innings, and the St. Louis bullpen carried it to completion. The Cardinals clinched their division and a top-two seed in the National League playoffs with this victory.
Friday, Sept. 27: Boston Red Sox 12, Baltimore Orioles 3
David Ortiz has tied Ted Williams for most 30-HR, 100-RBI seasons (7) in Red Sox history.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 28, 2013
Cool accomplishment for Big Papi, though the Red Sox would've cruised to victory regardless of his contributions. They pushed across five runs in the first inning and never looked back.
A loss by the Oakland Athletics at any point this weekend will ensure that Boston receives home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
Friday, Sept. 27: Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Cincinnati Reds
RAISE THE JOLLY ROGER. ONE MORE WIN BOYS— Carlos Danger (@RagingBull_Stru) September 28, 2013
A.J. Burnett was spectacular over eight innings to bring the Pirates to within one win of clinching home-field advantage for the NL Wild Card Game. Their chances of finishing first in the NL Central will vanish if the St. Louis Cardinals get a victory tonight.
Friday, Sept. 27: Miami Marlins 3, Detroit Tigers 2
Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs to spoil Jhonny Peralta's return. This means that Detroit is locked into the No. 3 seed in the AL playoff bracket.
Friday, Sept. 27: Toronto Blue Jays 6, Tampa Bay Rays 3
Looks like Canadian customs took the Rays skillz at the border, amirite?— Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) September 28, 2013
R.A. Dickey finished his first season with Toronto on a high note. He surrendered early home runs to Delmon Young and Ben Zobrist, but he settled down after that.
This defeat brought an end to the Rays' seven-game winning streak, leaving the door open for the Indians to pull even with them atop the AL wild-card standings.
Friday, Sept. 27: Atlanta Braves 1, Philadelphia Phillies 0
BRAVES WIN! What a gem pitched by @KrisMedlen54!— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 28, 2013
Chris Johnson's 12th home run of the season interrupted a terrific pitcher's duel, and Craig Kimbrel sealed the victory with his 50th save.
The Braves momentarily have sole possession of the National League's best record. They have two games remaining in 2013.
Friday, Sept. 27: San Francisco Giants 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 2
#Dodgers start NLDS on road Oct 3-4, home Sun 10/6 and Mon 10/7 (unless LAD sweeps and STL gets swept this weekend).— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 27, 2013
The Dodgers can't win home-field advantage, and it will take a near-miracle to not start the playoffs on the road. But hey, they're in the playoffs. That's more than 20 other teams can say.
Final, Tribe wins! Joe Smith strikes out Oswaldo Arcia swinging to end the game. All Wild Cards stay where they are. #TribeLive— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 27, 2013
Thursday, Sept. 26: Cleveland Indians 6, Minnesota Twins 5
The Twins scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to make it interesting, but the Indians hung on to win the game. Cleveland has now won seven in a row.
A Jurickson Profar walk-off gives Rangers the victory in a must-win game: http://t.co/JuPIgcIOo5— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) September 27, 2013
Thursday, Sept. 26: Texas Rangers 6, Los Angeles Angels 5
Jurickson Profar hit a pinch-hit walk-off home run to give the Rangers the win. With three games left in the season, the Rangers remain one game behind Cleveland for the second spot in the Wild Card.
Thursday, Sept. 26: Tampa Bay Rays 4, New York Yankees 0
And that's 7 straight wins for #Rays. a 4-0 final. Reduce magic number to 2, could clinch playoff spot on Friday in Toronto— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) September 27, 2013
With all of the emotions surrounding Mariano Rivera's final appearance at Yankee Stadium, the game itself was almost secondary in nature. But not for the Rays, who maintained the top wild-card slot with the shutout.
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