On the roller coaster that is the wild card race in MLB, every day has its winners, the big winners on Tuesday were the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds.
The Blue Jays not only beat Gerrit Cole and the Yankees, but every other team in the American League career lost: the Red Sox, Mariners and Athletics. Toronto is now just two games behind Boston for second place as an American League wild card, and one game from Seattle:
It was a similar story for the Reds on the NL side. Cincinnati took over the business by beating the Cubs and got a lot of help too, with the Padres, Phillies and Cardinals losing.
That led the Reds to a virtual tie with the Padres for second in the NL Wild Card, although San Diego remains a game up in the loss column.
While a lot can happen in qualifying between now and when the postseason begins on October 5, this is what the picture of the playoffs looks like heading into Wednesday.
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Reminder: While Major League Baseball expanded the postseason field to 16 teams for the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, there will once again only be 10 playoff teams in 2021.
Both the American League and the National League will have three division winners and two wild card teams, who will face off in a wild card game in which it is either win or go home for the right to advance to the Division Series.