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American League West/ Wild Card Still Up For Grabs


Can Mike Trout help the Angels make a last minute playoff push? (

Can Mike Trout help the Angels make a last minute playoff push?

As the final weekend of regular season play in Major League Baseball begins,the American League West Division is still a race to the end with the division crown and second wild card spot still up for grabs.

With the loss of the LA Angels to the Oakland A’s on Wednesday night and the Houston Astros’ victory over the Seattle Mariners, the Astros are now just a half a game up over the Angels for the second wild card spot with just four games left. The Texas Rangers are still in first place over the Astros by two and a half games and three games over the Angels. This weekend’s three game series between the Angels and Rangers is definitely an important one as the magic number for Texas is just 2. The Minnesota Twins are also in the mix for the second wild card spot, although a little farther back than the Astros and Angels, but just one and a half games behind.

The first wild card spot currently belongs to the New York Yankees who are up by two and a half games but have lost three straight to the Boston Red Sox as they struggle to earn the franchise’s 10,000th win.

This weekend’s matchups for the teams involved in this playoff hunt are as follows:

Friday 10/2:

LA Angels-Weaver vs. Texas Rangers-Perez

Houston Astros– Keuchel vs. Arizona Diamondbacks-De La Rosa

Saturday 10/3:

LA Angels-Santiago vs. Texas Rangers-Lewis

Houston Astros– McHugh vs. Arizona Diamondbacks-Hellickson

Sunday 10/4:

LA Angels-Tropeano vs. Texas Rangers-Hamels

Houston Astros– TBD vs. Arizona Diamondbacks-Ray

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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