Houston beat Arizona, 6-2, on Saturday night behind two home runs from Colby Rasmus and a solid pitching performance by Collin McHugh. The Astros enter the final day of the season trailing the Rangers by one game in the American League West and leading the Angels by one game for the AL's final Wild Card spot.
Commissioner Rob Manfred will help preview the final day of the regular season on Sunday during a special 1 p.m. ET edition of MLB Network's High Heat with host Chris Russo.
Sunday is the final day of the regular season -- that is, unless a tiebreaker game is needed on Monday. Things are so bunched up that we still don't know one division winner and one Wild Card team, plus some home-field advantages. Here's a look at all the games with the most potential impact.
Here are the Top 5 GIFs of the day, courtesy of @MLBGIFs.
Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich nearly had a doubleheader for the ages. The 23-year-old finished Saturday one hit shy of matching a Major League record for most hits in the same day -- nine, shared by nine players, the last being Lee Thomas of the Los Angeles Angels in 1961.
If the Yankees are going to clinch home-field advantage in Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, it may have to wait until the final day of the regular season on Sunday. The O's won Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader at Camden Yards, 4-3.
With the regular season coming to a close today, we've put together a bird's-eye view of each contender's final game, what they're chasing and what's needed to clinch postseason berths and home-field advantages, and determine matchups.
Zack Greinke earned the National League ERA title and the Dodgers clinched home-field advantage in the NL Division Series by beating the Padres, 2-1, on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, in Greinke's career-best 19th win.
The Dodgers reinstated outfielder Yasiel Puig on Saturday from the disabled list. Puig had been hampered by a right hamstring strain.
Max Scherzer had what may go down as one of the greatest pitching performances of all-time on Saturday, pitching his second no-hitter this season in a 2-0 win over the Mets.
The Houston Astros are finishing fast and will be playing somewhere next week. Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory, Colby Rasmus homered twice and the Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night to clinch at least a tie for the second American League wild card. The Astros remained in contention for the AL West title as well as the league's first wild card.
Zack Greinke places no emphasis on individual statistics and is loath to consider his potential place among baseball's greatest pitchers. Greinke earned the NL ERA title, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 Saturday night and clinch home-field advantage for their upcoming playoff series against the Mets. Greinke (19-3) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings to conclude the regular season with a 1.66 ERA, beating out Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, who finished at 1.77.
After pitching his second no-hitter of the season in a 2-0 victory over the Mets on Saturday night, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was speechless when he found out what he had accomplished.
The postseason expansion that arrived in 2012 has brought added drama, added intrigue and, yes, added confusion to the final weeks of the season. With so many teams in the postseason race -- sometimes on dual fronts (division and Wild Card) -- the math can get a little messy.
A.J. Burnett tipped his cap and bowed his head. Then to the Cincinnati Reds, who had gathered on the top step of the dugout to salute the 17-year veteran who helped revitalize the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds jumped on him early and held on for a 3-1 win Saturday night that stopped their 13-game losing streak and prevented the Pirates from clinching home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game.
The Astros' season will not end on Sunday. They enter the final day one game behind the American League West-leading Rangers and one game ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's last available Wild Card spot.
The Pirates' postseason plans are still on hold heading into Game 162. They know who they will play next week: the Cubs. They know when: Wednesday night at 8 ET (on TBS). But where? We'll find out Sunday afternoon.
The Cubs continued to put pressure on the Pirates, winning their 96th game on Saturday night with a 1-0 decision over the Brewers.
After their biggest rally this season, the Los Angeles Angels are going into the 162nd game still with a chance to reach the playoffs. ''It's almost surreal to come back in that situation,'' said Johnny Giavotella, whose tiebreaking RBI single capped a five-run ninth inning for the Angels in an 11-10 victory over the playoff-bound Texas Rangers on Saturday. Erick Aybar and Kole Calhoun started the ninth with consecutive homers off Shawn Tolleson, the Rangers closer appearing in his fifth straight game.
Cole Hamels will be on the mound on Sunday when the Rangers face the Angels in their final attempt to clinch the American League West.