MLB Wednesday: Previewing the games that still matter

Oct 3, 2012 |
Hold the Gatorade! The AL West race isn't over yet.
Hold the Gatorade! The AL West race isn't over yet.
Five games still have playoff implications heading into the final day of the MLB season. Here are the breakdowns of all five along with the suggested overnight lines. Most sportsbooks have delayed the opening lines but you can check for the most up-to-date odds throughout the day on our live odds page.

Philadelphia at Washington 1:05 PM ET (-115, O/U 7.5)

The Washington Nationals look to sew up the top postseason seed in the National League when they close the regular season against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Washington is tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the NL’s top record but the Nationals hold the tiebreaker edge due to winning the season series. The Nationals clinched the NL East on Monday, while Philadelphia needs a victory for its 10th consecutive winning campaign. Full Preview

Texas at Oakland 3:35 PM ET (+115, 7.5)

The last time the Oakland Athletics were in first place in the American League West, the Texas Rangers were still eight days from their season opener. More than six months later, the Athletics finally found their way back to the top in the West, forcing a winner-take-all game for the division title against the visiting Rangers on Wednesday afternoon. The Athletics, who trailed the Rangers by 13 games at one point, have all the momentum with a five-game winning streak. Full Preview

Boston at NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET (-250, 9.5)

The New York Yankees will head into the final day of the regular season with their fate in their own hands. The Yankees own a one-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East and can clinch the division by completing a three-game sweep of the rival Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Beating the Red Sox again would mean avoiding the possibility of a one-game playoff for the division title on Thursday. Full Preview

Baltimore at Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET (-125, 7.5)

The Baltimore Orioles have been a team of destiny, but they have no control of their own Wednesday in a bid to wrest the American League East title from the New York Yankees. The Orioles trail the Yankees by one game and must defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday's regular-season finale and hope for Boston to beat New York to force a one-game playoff for the division crown on Thursday. A win guarantees Baltimore will at least host the wild card game.
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Cincinnati at St. Louis 8:15 PM ET (-115, 7.5)

Cincinnati is tied with the Washington Nationals for the top record in the National League and need a win and a Nationals loss to win the league pennant. The Reds have won 97 games, the most since the “Big Red Machine” days of 1976 when Cincinnati went 102-60. If Cincinnati is tied with the Nationals after Wednesday’s action concludes, Washington receives the top seed due to winning the season series with the Reds. St. Louis scratched Adam Wainwright from the start upon learning of the Dodgers’ loss in hopes of having him pitch the postseason opener. Full Preview
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