Playoff chase: A's, Braves, Cards clinch while Reds, Indians continue holding wild cards

BY foxsports • September 23, 2013

Atlanta won the NL East and Oakland the AL West on Sunday, while St. Louis is assured of no worse than a wild card. A quick look at baseball's playoff picture:


TITLE TIME: The Braves clinched their first NL East title since 2005, then rode two homers by Andrelton Simmons to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs that touched off a wild party in the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field. Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer, Daric Barton and Jed Lowrie each had solo shots and the Athletics wrapped up their second straight AL West title while overpowering the Minnesota Twins 11-7.
IN, BUT WORK TO DO: St. Louis clinched a playoff berth before taking the field when Washington lost its doubleheader opener at Miami. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by two games over Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.


NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS
 

Team  Wins  Losses  Pct.  GB  Next opponent 
St. Louis 91 65  .583
---  vs Washington
Pittsburgh 89 67
.571  2.0
at Cubs
Cincinnati 89 67
.571  2.0
vs NY Mets


NL WILD CARD STANDINGS - TOP 2 QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS

Team Wins Losses  Pct. GB  Next opponent 
Pittsburgh 89 67 .571 --- at Cubs
Cincinnati 89 67 .571 --- vs NY Mets
Washington 84 72 .538 5.0 at St. Louis
Arizona 78 76 .506 OUT
at Colorado

 

STALLED: With Cleveland off Monday, Detroit will have to wait until at least Tuesday to clinch the AL Central. Justin Verlander starts on Monday night at Minnesota for the Tigers.
MAGIC MATH: Texas enters Monday 1 games back of Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot, while Kansas City is 3 behind, the New York Yankees are four games out and Baltimore trails by 4. In the NL, Washington is five games behind Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, the wild-card co-leaders.  


AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL DIVISION STANDINGS

Team  Wins  Losses  Pct.  GB  Next opponent 
Detroit  91 65  .583 ---  at Minnesota 
Cleveland  86 70  .551 5.0 vs White Sox 


AL WILD CARD STANDINGS - TOP 2 QUALIFY FOR PLAYOFFS

Team Wins Losses  Pct. GB  Next opponent 
Tampa Bay 86 69 .555 +0.5 vs Baltimore
Cleveland 86 70 .545 --- vs White Sox
Texas  84 71 .542 1.5 vs Houston
Kansas City 82 73 .529 3.0 at Seattle
Baltimore 81 74 .523 4.5 at Tampa Bay 



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