Rays, Rangers Require 163
Game 162 began with the possibility of a three-team tie for the wildcard spot; before the Indians went on to beat the Twins 5-1. Cleveland began the day with a one game lead over Tampa Bay for the wild card spot and were able to maintain it, as well as avoid a three-team tie with their win Sunday afternoon. The Indians have won 10 straight games heading into the post-season, but which team they will play, Tampa Bay or Texas, is still to be determined.
The Rangers beat the Angels 6-2, in what was a tied game at one point. However, the Rangers were able to prevail and ended up winning in a do-or-die situation. Had the Rangers lost, their season would have been over.
The Rays also won their game against the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6, even though they nearly blew the six run lead they built up in the first inning. The Rays, who always seem to find themselves in the midst of important late-season games, once again found a way to win and have earned a chance to possibly play in the postseason.
The Rays and the Rangers will face off in a tiebreaker game Monday night in Arlington. The winner will go on to face the Indians in Cleveland on Wednesday night during the American League Wild Card game. Whoever wins that game will face the Red Sox in the AL Division series at Fenway Park Friday night. The loser of the Wild Card game will go home for the off-season.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox earned the top seed in the American League and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, depending on how far they advance. The Sox finished the season with a loss against the Baltimore Orioles, but still managed to win 97 games in what has been a remarkable season and a complete turnaround from 2012, when they finished in last place with only 69 wins.
In other news, the Detroit Tigers- the third seed in the American League- were no-hit by Henderson Alvarez and the Miami Marlins in their final game of the season. The Tigers will now head to Oakland where they will face the Athletics in the ALDS Friday night.
Until then, all eyes will be on Game 163, when the Rangers and Rays fight for their post-season lives.