As summer continues its gradual metamorphosis into autumn, the complete playoff picture in Major League Baseball is slowly beginning to take shape. And no collection of fans should be more enthusiastic than those of teams slated to take the diamond well into October.
In the American League, the Minnesota Twins clinched the Central Division with ten games to spare all while interjecting themselves into the race for home-field advantage, which once appeared to be a two-team competition between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays.
Speaking of the Rays and Yankees, who have been neck-and-neck for the past several weeks, it’s a virtual guarantee that one of the two will lay claim to the American League East Title, with the second-place finisher taking home the consolation prize in the form of the AL Wild Card. Meanwhile, in the AL West, the Texas Rangers’ magic number to clinch the division stands at 2 entering Saturday’s action.