The MLB postseason is beginning to take shape following a night of playoff clinchers.
Tuesday evening began with the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price locking up a spot in the AL by shutting out the Baltimore Orioles. Then, the New York Yankees secured a berth of their own by downing the Toronto Blue Jays. And finally, in the most climactic clincher of the night, the Cincinnati Reds won the NL Central in style off Jay Bruce's walk-off shot in the bottom of the 9th.
Only two playoff spots remain up for grabs: the winner of the NL West and the NL wild card. The San Francisco Giants hold a two-game advantage in the West, while the Atlanta Braves hold a slim 1 1/2 game lead in the WC. With baseball's grueling regular season coming to a close on Oct. 3, SI.com’s Joe Lemire breaks down the final week and the races that remain undecided.
Here are the games to watch on Wednesday (all times Eastern):
Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves (4:35 p.m. ESPN, SPSO, FS-F) The Braves have a chance to extend their wild card lead when they send Derek Lowe to the mound against the Marlins, who hope to play the role of playoff spoilers against their division foes.
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants (10:35 p.m. ESPN, FS-A, CSN-BA) The G-Men look to put some more distance between them and the Padres in the second of a three-game homestand against the D-Backs.
By The Numbers
$54,896 – The tab following a steakhouse dinner attended by several Dallas Cowboys players Monday night. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant footed the bill as payback for refusing to carry teammate Roy Williams’ pads during training camp.
21 – Wins this season by pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who helped the New York Yankees clinch their 15th postseason berth in 16 seasons on Tuesday.
15 – Age of former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Real Quiet, who died Tuesday after a fatal fall in his paddock.