With the beginning of football season comes the end of the baseball season. With close to 140 games in the books, there are only a handful of games left for teams to make a push and get into the postseason, with hopes of making it to the World Series, and be forever in the record books.
The American League playoff picture is the clearest. The Minnesota Twins have a 6 game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the Central, and the Texas Rangers are up seven and a half games over the Oakland Athletics. They both have a majority of their games left against teams under .500, with little competition for the division.
The East is a little cloudier. The Yankees are a half game up against the Tampa Bay Rays, and another nine games ahead of the Red Sox. But the second-place team in the East is likely to get the Wild Card. The Rays, who are in second place in the East, are eight and a half games up over White Sox in the Wild Card, have at least a playoff spot locked up.
In the National League, the playoff picture is as clear as mud. The Cincinnati Reds are up six and a half games up on the Cardinals, with the division in hand. In the East, the Philadelphia Phillies are up a half game over the Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres are up a game over the San Francisco Gants, and two and half games over the Colorado Rockies.
The National League is a lot more confusing when it comes to the playoff picture. There are six teams in the running for four spots. The National League West has three teams in the running for the lead in the West. The next three weeks for most of the teams will make-or-break the last five months of playing.