There wasn’t a need for Game 163 for the first time in three years to reveal the completed MLB playoff picture. Instead it game down to the final game of the season to crown the final two playoff teams in the National League.
The crucial final weekend of the MLB season began on Friday as there were four series with playoff possibilities.
The Tampa Bay Rays had an opportunity to take a one game lead over the idle NY Yankees in the American League East.
The Atlanta Braves moved both starting pitchers Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe up to pitch on three days rest. Lowe pitched Thursday afternoon against the Florida Marlins and struck out nine in 5.2 innings.
The Cincinnati Reds had a chance to clinch the National League Central title while out on the road this past weekend.
The Philadelphia Phillies became the first National League team to clinch their division, the NL East, as they defeated the Washington Nationals 8-0.
The National League West is still up for grabs with the leader changing everyday.
It’s not exactly fourth and ten, but to the Atlanta Braves it may feel like that. Just when it looked like the Braves were a shoe-in for a playoff berth, along came a sweep by Philadelphia and some untimely losses to lowly Washington.
The Texas Rangers have not been playing well as of late but were still coming closer to clinching the American League West title.
Thursday was a day of milestones. Two of those milestones were reached in the same game. In the afternoon, the Seattle Mariners finished off their series at the Rogers Centre facing the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Philadelphia Phillies continue to remain the hottest team in MLB, as they won their 11th game in a row on Friday night by defeating the visiting NY Mets 3-2.