Newest Playoff Berth “Welcomes”
The Houston Astros and New York Mets are the most recent teams to clinch the MLB Postseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their playoff spot on Sept. 12. With both teams having impressive regular seasons, let’s look a little bit further into just how these strong teams were able to clinch their spots in October.
New York Mets
For the first time since 2016, the Mets have qualified for a playoff berth. With the help of Max Scherzer tossing six perfect innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Mets secured their spot on Monday night. The Mets know they have a strong team and a bright future, but something in their corner that most people count out is their hot streak. New York has won five straight games, leading the NL East division by one game over the defending champions, Atlanta Braves. Last night was also the Mets’ first win in Milwaukee since 2018.
On Monday night, the Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 to become the American League West Champions. Luis Garcia pitched five scoreless innings for Houston and the bullpen finished the job in a shutout win over the Rays. The Astros currently hold the American League’s best record of 97-51 thanks to an eight game win streak. This is the fifth time in six years the Astros have won the AL West division. Yordan Alvarez leads the team in average and home runs. He’s mashed 37 home runs on the year and is hitting .307 at the plate.
Beginning of MLB Postseason
Three teams have officially locked up MLB playoff spots. Two are taken in the National League while Houston holds the sole playoff spot so far in the American league. The Yankees will most likely be the next team to clinch barring a meltdown in the division. And on the NL side, the Braves are still in a battle with the Mets in the division, but should lock up a playoff spot soon