Wow, what an amazing finish to the regular season.
Both Wild Card teams were decided on the final day of the regular season. The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves all had to win to, at minimum, force a one-game playoff for the final postseason berth in each league.
While the St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their game with ease, the Atlanta Braves were not so fortunate, falling to the Phillies in extra innings and sending the Cardinals to the postseason to face off against the Philadelphia Phillies. In Milwaukee, the Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks meet in their quest for the National League Pennant.
In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays came roaring back from a 7-0 deficit to win in 12 innings on an Evan Longoria walk-off homer (after Dan Johnson tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a homer of his own).
The Boston Red Sox failed to nailed down the win against the Baltimore Orioles with their star closer, Jonathan Papelbon, taking the blown save and loss into a long offseason in Beantown.
The Rays will now face off with the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers. In the Bronx, meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees square off in their own quest for an AL Pennant and a trip to the 2011 World Series.
Thanks to Bodog.com, we have the Vegas odds for each team's projected chances to win the Fall Classic.
Let's take a quick look at Major League Baseball's elite-eight.