The MLB season is winding down, and with it, teams are beginning to clinch playoff berths. Two more teams did just that last night. First, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched their first playoff berth since 2011 by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, and completing the sweep of their division rivals. Led by MVP candidate, Christian Yelich, the Brew Crew became just the 2nd National League team to clinch a playoff berth, joining the Atlanta Braves, as opposed to the American League where all the playoff spots are already filled. The Brewers still have a chance to win the National League Central division, where they sit only 1/2 game back of the Chicago Cubs.
Speaking of the Cubbies, they were quite happy to see the Brewers win, as that clinched the Cubs 4th consecutive trip to the postseason, something that has never been done before in the franchise’s history. However, their night wasn’t over. After blowing a late lead to the Pirates, the Cubs had to come back and win in extra innings to keep their lead in the NL Central alive. Walkoff hero Albert Almora Jr said this after the game: “We’re not taking this for granted. We’re super pumped we’re in the playoffs, but our job’s not done. We want to take this division and move forward with the best record in the NL.” With only 4 days left in the season, the Cubs have a 1/2 game lead on the Brewers and a 3 game lead on the Braves for the best record in the National League.
There’s only two spots left to take in the NL, and that’s the NL West and the other Wild Card spot. Currently, the Colorado Rockies have a 1/2 game lead on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League West title; while, the Dodgers posses a 1 game lead on the Cardinals for the last Wild Card spot. Either way, the next few days seem to be very entertaining and a great setup for what is looking to be a phenomenal MLB postseason.