We're just a few days away from the month of September, and that means it's officially crunch time in the MLB. While there are already a few teams that are essentially guaranteed spots in October already, namely the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, every other team in contention could still miss out on the playoffs.
The American League is a bit more set than the National League, with only seven AL teams sitting above .500. But in the National League, there are seven teams in contention for the two Wild Card spots alone. This means that there are some teams that are going to miss the playoffs, that's just how it goes. As we hit the stretch run, here are three teams that won't have enough steam to make it to October.
1. Milwaukee Brewers
After a surprisingly improved 2017 campaign, the Brewers added some talent and are back in 2018 at 1.5 games up in the NL Wild Card race, holding onto the second spot.
However, the Brewers are going to be on the outside looking in just like last season thanks to their rotation, which consists of three pitchers with an ERA over four and Wade Miley.
2. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies are currently a half-game back of the NL West lead, but Colorado is also in the precarious position of being two back of the Wild Card. The NL West has been the most entertaining division all season, but at least one of the three top teams is going to miss the playoffs. And given the pitching of Arizona and offensive talent of Los Angeles, it appears it'll be Colorado sitting at home in October.
3. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners are not a bad team, of course.
In fact, their current record is good enough for the first Wild Card spot in the NL. Unfortunately, the Mariners are in the AL West, and their 76-60 record puts them well behind the Astros.
There is no reprieve in the Wild Card, either, as the Yankees are a whole 10.0 games ahead in the first spot and the Athletics are still 4.5 games ahead in the second spot. Seattle will have to wait 'til next year to break their 17-year playoff drought.
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