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MLB 2015: MOVING TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS

MLB 2015: MOVING TOWARDS THE PLAYOFFS

On Sunday, it’s time for 20 MLB teams to finally bid farewell to the 2015 season. For the other gifted 10, it’s hello to the postseason. In both cases, it’s time for fans to stress about their teams’ futures.

Five of the six division titles are wrapped up, as well as three of the four wild-card spots. The playoff picture would’ve been much clearer after Saturday if it weren’t for a thrilling comeback.

Leading the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 heading into the ninth inning, the Rangers had a 99 percent chance of winning the game and, by extension, the American League West, per ESPN.com. However, they let the Angels score five runs in the top of the final frame for an improbable 11-10 come-from-behind win, one that kept both their AL wild-card hopes alive and the Houston Astros’ hopes of winning the AL West division.

“It’s probably the craziest game I’ve been part of,’’ Angels center fielder Mike Trout said, via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, “with everything we’ve got on the line. We lose that game, we’re in trouble.’’

The AL playoff picture is clearly in a state of flux, nor is everything settled in the National League.

Below are tables showing the playoff picture and standings heading into Sunday’s finales, followed by a look at what’s at stake on the final day of the regular season.

2015 MLB Playoff Picture Heading into Sunday

American League
Round Away Home
Wild Card Houston Astros New York Yankeys
ALDS Texas Rangers Toronto Blue Jays
ALDS Astros/Yankees Kansas City Royal
National League
Round Away Home
Wild Card Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates
NLDS New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers
NLDS Cubs/Pirates St Louis Cadinals

American League, National League Relevant Standings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Division Leaders W L
Toronto (AL East) 93 68
Kansas City (AL Central) 94 67
Texas (AL West) 87 74
Wild Card
New York Yankees 87 74
Houston Astros 86 75
Los Angeles Angels 85 76
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Division Leaders W L
New York Mets (NL East) 89 72
St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central) 100 60
Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West) 91 70
Wild Card
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 64
Chicago Cubs 96 65
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