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MLB Playoff Update: September 29, 2017

The Brewers pull within two

Cincinnati Reds V Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

With the minor-league season over and our typical 8:00 AM slot suddenly open, I figured it would be worthwhile to take a quick daily look at how the playoff picture has changed in the American League on a day-to-day basis. This will be nothing fancy. Just a look at how playoff contenders did on the day, how it affected the standings and what it means for the Red Sox. I’ll consider any team within five games of a playoff spot as a postseason contender. It is entirely possible this threshold will disappear completely as soon as tomorrow.

Scores

CLE 5, MIN 2

MIL 4, CIN 3

TB 9, NYY 6

HOU 12, BOS 2

Playoff Odds

This section will be updated later in the day.

Division Odds

This section will be updated later in the day.

Playoff Picture Update

The most important score we were watching on Thursday was the score of the Yankees game. With their loss, the Red Sox have guaranteed themselves at least a one-game playoff to determine the winner of the American League East. As long as Boston can win at least one game or the Yankees can lose at least one game before the end of the season, the Red Sox will clinch the division. Meanwhile, with both Houston and Cleveland winning the Indians maintain their one-game lead in the race for the top seed in the American League. Over in the National League, the one remaining race for a postseason spot left in baseball is for the second wildcard spot. The Rockies, who lead that race, had Thursday off, so Milwaukee picked up a half-game with their win. They trail by two heading into the final three-game stretch of the regular season.