Biggest MLB Games of the Week (Sept. 27 – Oct. 3)
With only a week left in the regular season, the postseason is starting to take shape, with more and more teams starting to clinch postseason spots. Still, there are a few postseason spots being fought for, which makes for some compelling matchups in the final week.
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Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners (Sept 27 – 29)
There are two teams in the AL West hanging on by a thread, and by the middle of the week, that number might be down to one.
Entering Monday, the Seattle Mariners (86-70) sit five games back of the Houston Astros in the division while the A’s (85-71) are six games back. With the magic number for the Astros down to two, it is unlikely either of these two win the division.
The wild card is a little closer for them, though. The Mariners sit two games back of the second wild-card spot while the A’s sit three games back. With only seven days to go, that still makes a path to the postseason tough but not impossible for both of these teams.
In terms of World Series odds, both teams are longshots. According to BetUs, the Mariners are +5000 to win it all while the A’s are +17500. Comparatively, Bovada has the Mariners at +6000 while the A’s are +12500.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves (Sept 28 – 30)
One of the most interesting divisions to watch in the final week of the regular season is the NL East. The Atlanta Braves (83-72) currently lead the division by 2.5 games over the Philadelphia Phillies (81-75); however, the two square off for a three-game series to start the week.
In the head-to-head matchup this year, the Phillies hold a 9-7 edge, but the Braves are 4-2 when playing at Truist Park.
Despite the edge of Philadelphia, the Braves have actually been just mediocre at home this season. They are currently 37-37 at Truist Park.
New York Yankees vs. Toronto Blue Jays (Sept 28 – 30) and vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Sept. 24-26)
If the New York Yankees (89-67) are going to make the playoffs, they are certainly going to earn it. Entering the week, they hold a one-game advantage over the Boston Red Sox for the top wild-card spot, but they also have the third-toughest remaining schedule left as they have to play three games against the Toronto Blue Jays (87-69) and three with the Tampa Bay Rays (97-59).
Toronto currently sits just one game out of a wild card spot, so this series will have huge implications for both of their postseason lives. The Blue Jays have a 10-6 edge in the season series and recently swept the Yankees for four games in New York.
To end the regular season, the Yankees will host the Tampa Bay Rays (97-59). The Rays have already clinched the AL East, and they are on the cusp of securing the top spot in the American League.
Still, as the top spot, the Rays will face the winner of the wild card matchup. The opportunity to knock out the Yankees before the postseason even rolls around may be awfully enticing for the Rays.
Currently, BetUs has the Rays with the best betting odds of winning the World Series of the three teams at +700, while the Yankees are +1400 and the Blue Jays are +2500.
For comparison, Bovada has the Rays +600, the Yankees +1500, and the Blue Jays +2200.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres (Sept 28 – 30) and vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Oct 1 – Oct 3)
Like the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers (100-56) sit in the top wild-card spot in the National League. Unlike the Yankees, though, they still have a shot at their division.
The Dodgers currently sit two games back of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
To win the division, though, will be a tall task for the Dodgers as they square off with both the San Diego Padres (78-78) and Milwaukee Brewers, 94-62,) this week.
While the Padres have fallen out of playoff contention, they would still love to play spoiler for their division rivals. It also helps San Diego that they have their ace Yu Darvish going in the opener, albeit squaring off with Walker Buehler of the Dodgers.
The Brewers, on the other hand, may be in coast mode when these two match up. They have secured the NL Central as well as the second overall seed. With nothing to play for, they may be focused on resting some of their starters and lining up their postseason rotation.