There are two days left to play, and the AL Wild Card is in a dead tie between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. The NL Wild Card isn't failing to excite either—as of this writing, the Cardinals are down two runs in the seventh inning, as the Braves lead the Cards by .5 games.
These races are sure to cause high blood pressure and tears in two cities, and joy and jubilation in the others.
Some may say that Tampa has the daunting task of facing the Yankees, however, the Yanks have already clinched everything they can as far as home field is concerned. They'll still field a representative team, but as we saw tonight, they aren't wasting many of their top pitchers.
Hector Noesi made his second start of the season (on a very low pitch count), and aside from Phil Hughes, the Yankees are saving their guys.
If the Rays play some quality baseball, they can easily take all three games from NY.
On the other side, we have the Boston Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles. At first glance, you would think this is a breeze for Boston. However, they haven't won two games in a row basically all month, and they have now lost four games in a row to Buck Showalter's O's.
You can be sure that Buck would love to play spoiler here.
My pick: Rays take the wild card.
In the NL, we have an equally exciting race. Like I said, the Cardinals are only a half-game back right now, and they have the much more favorable matchup; the Houston Astros (the worst team in baseball) and the Braves have to face the Philadelphia Phillies (the best team in baseball).
The Braves rotation is also in shambles, so this one is probably a lot easier to call, again, assuming the Cardinals play well.
My pick: Cardinals take the wild card.