After a long regular season, we’ve finally come to the final week of Major League Baseball regular season action. With the divisional races mostly decided, we’re going to focus on the highly-contested Wild Card races this week. With the National League Central still up for grabs, and three teams still in contention for the Wild Card spots in both leagues, this should be a fun week of baseball. Let’s look at some of this week’s MLB Betting games that will have playoff implications.
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Wednesday, September 25 – New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay RaysThis game has multiple playoff implications tied to it. The Yankees and Astros are neck-and-neck for home field advantage in the American League. Tampa Bay is currently sitting in the second Wild Card spot, just two games behind the A’s. However, Cleveland is only one game behind Tampa for the second spot, so every game is huge for the Rays.
This game will see a tough pitching matchup, as the Yankees will send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound, and he will be opposed by Charlie Morton. With Blake Snell just coming back from injury, Morton has been the team’s ace this season. Pitching to a Yankees lineup that strikes out a lot, this should be an advantage for Morton.
The Yankees have been fighting injuries. With Gleyber Torres sidelined with a hamstring injury, New York has added him to their long list of injured players. We’re not sure if Torres will play, but we know that the Yankees are working Giancarlo Stanton back into the lineup. Stanton returned last week, and he’s getting back into form, just in time for the playoffs.
Both teams need this game. The Yankees don’t want to lose home field advantage to the Astros, while the Rays need every game to stay in playoff contention. This should be a good one!
Thursday, September 26 – Milwaukee Brewers @ Cincinnati RedsWhen Christian Yelich went down, it was generally thought that the Brewers season was over. However, things went in the opposite direction. Entering the week, the Brewers went 8-2 in their last 10 games, and are the hottest team in baseball.
Even though the Reds season is over, they’re scheduled to send one of the top pitchers in the league, Luis Castillo, to the mound to slow down the red-hot Brewers. Castillo has gone 2-2 in his last four starts, but hasn’t gotten a ton of run support. He’ll be ready for the Brewers.
With the Milwaukee bats on fire, this should be a very good matchup. Milwaukee is now in the second Wild Card spot, entering the week trailing the Nationals by one game. The Cubs are still alive, but are three back of the Brewers. The Brewers still have a slight chance at catching the Cardinals for the NL Central title as well.
Every game is huge for the Brewers. They’ll have their work cut out for them, as Castillo has been one of the league’s top hurlers. When everything is on the line, players step up. We’ll see some great action in this one.
Saturday, September 28 – Cleveland Indians @ Washington NationalsIn a game that could have huge ramifications on the Wild Card races in both leagues, the Cleveland Indians will be in Washington to take on the Nationals. Heading into the week, the Indians are one game out of the final Wild Card spot, trailing the Rays. Washington currently owns the top Wild Card spot, but the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers only trail them by one game at this time.
Washington is scheduled to send lefty Patrick Corbin to the hill, while the Indians are scheduled to send Adam Plutko to the mound. Corbin has been a spark for the Washington second half run. Combined with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, this could be one of, if not the best pitching trios in the league.
With both teams fighting for Wild Card spots, this game will be highly contested. Cleveland could be eliminated from contention by this game, but if they aren’t, they’ll need to pull out all the stops.