As the final week of the season plays out, the Indians are in contention for a playoff spot for the first time since 2007. As they continue to battle it out against the likes of the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Kansas City Royals, Wahoo’s on First will be your source for all the updates and insight you could possibly want. We start things off today with a standings update and a recap of all of yesterday’s pennant chase action. (Refresh if videos don’t load)
The Indians beat the Twins last night but it didn’t come easy. After leading by a large margin for most of the game, things got a bit crazy in the bottom of the ninth when closer Chris Perez allowed four runs to cross the plate. They held on to maintain their lead as the second AL Wild Card team ahead of the Rangers, who also won on Thursday night. They will continue their series tonight against the Twins.
The Rays won for the seventh straight time on Thursday night as they defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 4-0. With the victory, the Rays maintained their one game lead in the American League Wild Card race. As it stands right now, the Rays would host the Indians on Wednesday for the right to play the Red Sox in the ALDS. With three games left to play this season, the Rays’ 1 game lead is looking larger by the day. They will travel to Tornonto to take on the Blue Jays for a three game series to close out the 2013 season.
The Rangers also won on Thursday night so once again the AL Wild Card standings remained unchanged. Thanks to Jurickson Profar’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth they are still very much alive and kicking. The Rangers victory over the Angels kept them one game back of the Indians for the second spot and two games back of the Rays.