The Major League Baseball postseason picture is almost clear.
With their 5-3 win over the Angels on Thursday night, the Texas Rangers became the ninth team to clinch a postseason berth, with only the American League wild card spot to be decided.
However, things are far from over for even those teams that have clinched a playoff spot. Sure, they're in, but where will everybody be playing come next week?
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Only the St. Louis Cardinals know exactly where they stand at the moment, having already clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Everything else is up for grabs. Let's take a look at the rest of the teams and games that will decide how the 2015 MLB Postseason shakes out.
American League West
This is the only division without a champion yet. However, the Texas Rangers' magic number is down to one. They lead the Houston Astros by three games heading into the weekend, needing only to win one more game in their series against the Angels, or have Houston lose one game when they visit the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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The Angels were officially eliminated from winning the division last night, but still have a chance at the American League wild card.
American League Wild Card
The New York Yankees have already clinched one of these spots. They currently hold a three-game lead over the Houston Astros, who for the moment are sitting in the second slot.
As mentioned, the Astros are set to face Arizona this weekend. Sitting one game back are the Angels and the Minnesota Twins. The Angels have three games left in Arlington against the Rangers, while the Twins will face the AL Central champions, the Kansas City Royals, who have their own battle brewing for....
American League Home Field Advantage
At 92-67, the Royals and the AL East champs, the Toronto Blue Jays, are currently tied for the top spot in the American League. As I mentioned, the Royals are squaring off with the Twins, while Toronto will be in Tampa Bay to play the Rays this weekend.
If the weekend ends and these two teams end up tied, the tiebreaker would go to Toronto, who had a 4-3 record in head-to-head play with Kansas City.
National League Wild Card
We already know that the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates will play in the NL Wild Card game next Wednesday. What we don't know is where that game will be.
The Pirates currently hold a two-game lead and are at home to play the Reds, which you'd think would be an easy series, but they've only gone 6-10 against Cincinnati this season. The Cubs are in Milwaukee to play the Brewers.
NLDS Home Field
The Cardinals can rest. They're sitting with 100 wins and have no chance of being caught by anybody. They'll be waiting on the winner of the Cubs/Pirates winner.
However, the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets have some work to do. We know that they will play each other in the division series, but we just don't know where. They both own 89-70 records going into the final weekend of the regular season.
The Mets will be at home to play the disappointing Washington Nationals, while the Dodgers close out with a weekend series against the San Diego Padres. The Mets own the tiebreaker due to a 4-3 record against LA this season.
Did you get all of that? October baseball has arrived, and it's going to be glorious.
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