Wednesday, October 27, 2021

No scramble, MLB playoffs set: Yankees-Red Sox, Giants win West

Rafael Devers played big time for the Boston Red Sox. Aaron Judge did just that for the New York Yankees. And Buster Posey led the San Francisco Giants to the NL West crown, leaving the Dodgers in a dangerous 106-win in a dangerous wild-card game.

In a flash, the Major League Baseball playoff ground was settled on Sunday.

No crazy tiebreaker scenarios. No chaos on the last day. And for fans who wanted drama — no problem, he’s on deck.

Yankees-Red Sox to start postseason in October-October duel at Fenway Park. Know known?

“We will be ready,” said Boston manager Alex Cora. “it should be fun.”

Boston and New York both scored winning runs in the ninth inning in Game 162 to seal their places in the AL wild-card matchup on Tuesday night when it would be Yankees ace Gerrit Cole against Nathan Iovaldi.

So between now and then, count on watching endless replays of Bucky Dent’s home run The Green Monster, which lifted the Yankees over Boston in the famous 1978 one-game meeting for the AL East title.

At this year’s after-season party was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and his Toronto Blue Jays with the Seattle Mariners; Each of them needed a loss by the Red Sox or the Yankees to stand a chance.

“Unfortunately, our fate was in the hands of the other team,” said George Springer, who made it home twice in Toronto’s win over Baltimore. “We were expecting something, but apparently it didn’t happen.”

The Giants pulled off their franchise-record 107th win to beat the NL West 11-4 from Posey’s three RBIs. He needed all those victories to stop the World Series champion Dodgers.

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