The final day of the 2017 MLB season is mostly meaningless
There won’t be any major drama as the final day of the season gets underway this afternoon, as all of the races have been decided and the field for the 2017 postseason has been set. The Red Sox took care of business and clinched the AL East, but the Yankees have the solace of knowing that they’ll at least have a Wild Card game awaiting them. Meanwhile in the National League, the Rockies sealed the deal and punched their ticket to Arizona for the Wild Card game, but this came at the cost of the Brewers losing in painful fashion.
For most of the afternoon at Busch Stadium, it sure seemed like Milwaukee was going to push the Wild Card race to the final day of the season. When Domingo Santana hit a two-run home run in the third inning to put the Brewers up 6-0, FanGraphs’ Win Expectancy gave them a 94-percent chance of victory. However, the third inning was also when St. Louis began its comeback. It scored four in the third inning, but the game remained 6-4 until the eighth inning.
While the Brewers had plenty of chances to bury the Cardinals, they didn’t take them. On the other hand, the Cardinals took advantage of their chance in the eighth inning and with a little help from an error from Ryan Braun, St. Louis was able to push past Milwaukee and complete its comeback. In the process, the Brewers suffered yet another heartbreaking loss in a fortnight that had plenty of those and their unlikely run at a Wild Card spot came to a close.
It’s unfortunate Milwaukee came up just short of making the last day interesting, but for now we’ll all just have to patiently wait for the playoffs to finally start.
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