It’s 2011 all over again.
Why do we say that? Because there is one day left in the regular season and four teams still have everything to play for.
By virtue of the fact the Cubs lost to the Cardinals 2-1 following a gem of a performance from St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas, Chicago is tied with Milwaukee for first in the National League Central. The Brewers defeated the Tigers 6-5 Saturday.
In the West, the Dodgers defeated the Giants 10-6 and have matched the Rockies game-for-game through 161 outings as Colorado fell to Washington 12-2.
It all comes down to Sunday. All of these teams have already locked up playoff spots, so they don’t have to worry about that, but whoever winds up with the wild card will have one game to determine its season. The other two teams are guaranteed five-game series in the postseason.
Sunday is going to be dramatic.
Studs of the Night
Give Christian Yelich the MVP. The Brewers outfielder went 2 for 3 with two home runs, a walk and three RBIs Saturday. His first home run cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 in the first and his second gave Milwaukee a 6-5 lead in the seventh. Yelich is just two RBIs behind Cubs infielder Javy Baez for the NL lead. He is tied or leads the NL in the other two Triple Crown categories.
Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas tossed eight innings of one-run (unearned) ball in a 2-1 win over the Cubs. Chicago tried to sign Mikolas this offseason but instead they managed just five base hits against him in what was, to this point, its most important game of the year.
Justin Verlander tossed six innings of three-hit, no-run ball in a 4-3 win over the Orioles. The Astros starter finished the year 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA, and career highs in strikeouts (290) and WHIP (0.90). He has a chance to win the American League Cy Young.
As does Rays starter Blake Snell who threw five innings of three-hit, one-run ball while striking out 10 in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Snell threw 180 2/3 innings in 2018 while posting an AL-best 1.89 ERA, with 221 strikeouts and a 21-5 record.
Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola likely won’t win the NL Cy Young award but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have an amazing season. He finished it up with seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball in a 3-0 win over the Braves. Nola went 17-6 in 212 1/3 innings with a 2.37 ERA and 224 strikeouts.
Duds of the Night
The Rockies needed a solid start out of Jon Gray to seal at least a share of the NL West title. What they got was two innings of seven-hit, five-run ball in a 12-2 loss to the Nationals.
The Cubs needed an MVP performance from Javy Baez to clinch a share of the Central division crown. They got an 0 for 4 day.
The Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-5 at Fenway Park and one Boston fan got back at Giancarlo Stanton for hitting a home run by plunking him with the ball from the bleachers. Seriously.
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— Cut4 (@Cut4) September 29, 2018
Dodgers (90-71) at Giants (73-88), 3:05 p.m. ET — If the Dodgers win, they guarantee finishing the season in at least a tie for the West Division lead.
Tigers (64-96) at Brewers (94-67) , 3:10 p.m. ET — If the Brewers win, they guarantee finishing the season in at least a tie for the Central Division lead.
Nationals (82-79) at Rockies (90-71), 3:10 p.m. ET — If the Rockies win, they guarantee finishing the season in at least a tie for the West Division lead.
Cardinals (88-73) at Cubs (94-67), 3:20 p.m. ET — If the Cubs win, they guarantee finishing the season in at least a tie for the Central Division lead.