There are playoff spots on the line, injuries to keep an eye on and home-field advantages up in the air. The Marlins are on the verge of pulling off what would amount to a little bit of a baseball miracle.
The Cardinals would be in that conversation as well. The Mariners are still alive and happen to have three games against the team they need to catch.
While Shane Bieber is the runaway frontrunner for the American League Cy Young Award, the final week likely will have an impact on the voting for every other award.
So, get ready for one of the most interesting final weeks of a season that has been fascinating, challenging and unlike any other we’ve experienced. With so much unfinished business, here are seven things to keep an eye on:
1. Yankees are The Team You Do Not Want to Face.
They are playing their best at the right time. That’s what a 10-game winning streak with 30 home runs and nearly 9 runs per game will do for a team. Luke Voit and DJ LeMahieu are hot, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are back and a 1-2 of Gerrit Cole and Masahiro Tanaka has given the Yankees the look and feel of a team that will be playing a long time in October.
2. National League race is insane with at least 6 teams fighting for 4 spots.
The Marlins, Cardinals, Phillies, Giants, Reds and Brewers are within shouting distance of one another, and if you can figure out a favorite, good luck. The Brewers loom large with three games at Cincinnati and five at St. Louis. The Reds finish the season with three games at Minnesota against a team that could still be fighting for home-field advantage. As for the Cardinals, glad you asked.
3. If the Cardinals make the playoffs, someone ought to make a movie.
Who would play Adam Wainwright anyway? OK, never mind. First things first. Because of a 16-day COVID-related break, the Cardinals could play 55 games in 45 days when a potential makeup doubleheader against the Tigers is factored in.