Morning Marquee 9/28: Seattle Mariners gain ground in WC race, tiebreakers loom


As we enter the last day of the regular season, that may not be enough to decipher the playoff picture. Three races are within one game, and we could see game 163 for several teams depending how today plays out.

The Seattle Mariners score a walk-off win against the Los Angeles Angels, and can tie with a win and an Oakland A’s loss. Going to the mound tonight for Seattle? Felix Hernandez. If Seattle wins and the A’s lose, they will play in a one game playoff. The winner will then play either Detroit or Kansas City–whichever ends up second in the AL Central–in the one game Wild Card playoff.

In the NL Central, the St. Louis Cardinals missed an opportunity to clinch in a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates on a walk-off grand slam. The Reds victory foiled any chance the Cubs had of tying for fourth in the division, even before the Cubs loss to the Brewers.

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched well, but the Chicago Cubs offense went stagnate, managing only one run on five hits in the 2-1 loss to the Crew. Carlos Gomez hit his 23rd home run for the Brewers.

Here is what you need to know from last night’s games:

‘Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs fall to Brewers 2-1’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Mariners win! Need one more and help to play in October’ Sodo Mojo

‘Ramon Santiago’s walk-off grand slam lifts Reds’ – Blog Red Machine

‘Royals lose to White Sox 5-4 on Paul Konerko night’ – Kings of Kauffman

‘Cards derailed by HR’s in bid to clinch NL Central’ –