Major League Baseball had never seen a final day of the regular season quite like the one that took place on Sunday. Many teams were playing for either seeding or to get in downright, and that created drama that you just typically do not see in a normal, unshortened season. While there were plenty of meaningful games going, the most telling was between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. Both teams were playing for their lives, and in the end they both somehow squeezed their way in thanks to results from elsewhere.
Harrison Bader had a triple and a home run for the Cards in the 5-2 win and that saw them clinch the #5 seed. The Brewers got in, at 29-31 no less, thanks to the Giants’ loss to the Padres. Without that, they’d have been out, but they are now the #8 seed and get the unenviable task of facing the Dodgers in the opening round. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will face off with the Padres. The Braves take on the Reds and the Cubs face the Marlins to round out the NL action. In the AL, we have the Rays taking on the Blue Jays, the Athletics hosting the White Sox, the Twins squaring off with the Astros, and the Indians facing the Yankees. All of those series will be three-game sets hosted by the higher seed at their home stadium prior to the remaining teams going into ‘bubbles’ in Texas and California.