Bombs are once again falling in the Bronx.
On Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees smacked five home runs in a single inning. That’s only the second time in MLB history a team has gone yard five times in a frame, and the Yankees weren’t done; they added one more to bring their total to 19 homers over the three game series against the Jays, another record.
More importantly, the Yankees have now won eight straight after sitting at 21-21 just over a week ago. They’re in a good position to join the L.A. Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays in the postseason. While those three teams have already punched their ticket to the playoffs, the race is on for the remaining spots in the new 16-team playoff format. Here’s a look ahead at the national TV schedule for the remainder of the regular season, along with previews of the biggest games ahead.
|Sat, Sept. 19||7:07 PM ET||Chicago Sox @ Cincinnati||FOX|
|Sat, Sept. 19||7:07 PM ET||Atlanta @ NY Mets||FOX|
|Sat, Sept. 19||7:35 PM ET||Tampa Bay @ Baltimore||FS1|
|Sat, Sept. 19||9:10 PM ET||Texas @ LA Angels||FOX|
|Sun, Sept. 20||1:07 PM ET||NY Yankees @ Boston||TBS|
|Sun, Sept. 20||4:00 PM ET||San Francisco @ Oakland||ESPN|
|Sun, Sept. 20||7:00 PM ET||Minnesota @ Chicago Cubs||ESPN|
|Tue, Sept. 22||6:30 PM ET||NY Yankees @ Toronto||ESPN|
|Tue, Sept. 22||9:10 PM ET||Texas @ Arizona||FS1|
|Tue, Sept. 22||9:30 PM ET||Oakland @ LA Dodgers||ESPN|
|Wed, Sept. 23||8:00 PM ET||St. Louis @ Kansas City||ESPN2|
|Thu, Sept. 24||8:05 PM ET||Detroit @ Kansas City||FS1|
|Fri, Sept. 25||8:00 PM ET||Chicago Cubs @ Chicago Sox||ESPN2|
|Sat, Sept. 26||7:15 PM ET||Milwaukee @ St. Louis||FOX|
|Sat, Sept. 26||7:15 PM ET||NY Mets @ Washington||FOX|
San Francisco Giants at Oakland A’s
Sun. Sept. 20, 4pm ET, ESPN
Entering play on Sept. 18, the magic number for the Oakland A’s to clinch a playoff spot was 2 games; barring a historic collapse, the Athletics will get in, possibly before Sunday's game is even played. Their cross-bay rivals in SF, however, have played a surprisingly competitive 2020 campaign. Although the Dodgers ran away with the NL West as expected, the Giants hung around and pulled off some big wins over the season’s second half. If the playoffs began today, San Francisco would be the No. 7 seed, and ESPN gives them close to a 70 percent chance of making the playoffs ahead of Friday’s games. Plus it’s 2020, so maybe they can repeat the even-year-threepeat as we start a new decade.
Minnesota Twins at Chicago Cubs
Sun. Sept. 20, 7pm ET, ESPN
The playoff field in the AL is pretty much set, all that remains is determining the seeds. With an expanded playoff field and single elimination games in the first round, seeding is vital this year, and there’s a great race in the AL Central, where the surprising Chicago White Sox are in pole position for the division title. But the Twins have the most favorable remaining schedule...if they can get past the Cubs, who have all but sewn up their division and are looking to clinch the No. 2 spot over their remaining 10 games. This should be a fun series between two good teams with plenty to play for.
Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
Sat. Sept. 26, 7:15pm ET, FOX
The NL Central is the division to watch over the final week of the regular season. The Dodgers, Padres, Cubs, and Braves have all basically guaranteed themselves top 5 seed in the playoffs, but after that, it’s pretty fluid. The Reds, Cardinals, and Brewers are all within a game of each other and it's possible that all three make the playoffs. But with the Brewers and Cardinals finishing the regular season with a five-game series, it’s more likely that the team that wins it advances, while the loser is sent packing. As the second-to-last game of the season, this primetime matchup between the two archrivals could be a de facto play-in game, giving baseball fans a sneak preview of the playoff drama to come.
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