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The Detroit Tigers are 25-26 and haven’t broken the .500 mark so far this season. And they are just one game behind their section leaders.

The Chicago Cubs have the worst record in the National League, but are just four and a half games away from a playoff berth.

As ‘Memorial Day’ approaches across the United States, some of the worst teams in the major leagues can still dream of participating in the Fall Classic. In fact, FanGraphs reports that only five Major League Baseball clubs have less than a 5% chance of making the playoffs: Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and North Rockies, Colorado. And even the Reds are just four games short of first place in the National League Central.

As of May 29 of last year, no fewer than 11 teams had less than a 5% chance of advancing to the postseason playoffs.

Several factors explain the current situation.

First, the ugliest teams are very, very ugly, The Athletics are 10-45 and obviously can threaten the modern 120-loss record set by the New York Mets in 1962. The Royals, currently at 16-38, are also in very bad shape.

This means that other teams that could be involved in the playoff race will share more wins with each other. The Seattle Mariners, for example, would be in big trouble if they weren’t 7-0 so far this season against the A’s.

Also, mediocre clubs are all gathered in the same sections. The Minnesota Twins lead the American Central Division at 27-26, and that means even the Tigers, who aren’t playing for . 500, are still in the game. The Cleveland Guardians (23-29) are seven and a half games away from the last goodbye given to the teams called up by the American, but just three and a half games away from leading their group. And even the Chicago White Sox are only six games behind the Twins, despite being 11 games short of respectability (. 500).

The same scenario occurs in the Central Division of the National, where five and a half games separate the leaders, the Milwaukee Brewers (28-25), from the last ones, the Cubs.

Although obviously an excellent record is needed to hope to win the pass offered to the third team called up by the American, the parity is very real at Nacional. Currently, the holder of the third bye offered to a team drafted from the Nationals is the San Francisco Giants (27-26), and nine teams are four and a half games behind each other.

return of the week

The Philadelphia Phillies wiped out a 5-0 sixth-inning deficit against the Arizona Diamondbacks last Wednesday. Trea Turner tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth and Alec Bohm’s single at 10It is gave the Phillies a 6-5 victory. The probability of the Diamondbacks winning the game in the ninth inning was 98.6%, according to the Baseball Savant.

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Race for the playoffs in the American The Blue Jays consolidate their place




(Toronto) Brandon Belt hit a three-run home run Friday Thursday to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-0 victory over the New York Yankees.

The Jays snapped a two-game losing streak and cemented their position in the postseason.

Toronto is second among the three clubs on track to reach the playoffs without a section title in the American Championship.

Their lead is one game ahead of the Houston Astros and two games ahead of the Seattle Mariners, who defeated the Texas Rangers 3-2 later in the night.

Daulton Varsho and Matt Chapman hit solo homers in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

In the fifth, there were two outs on Bo Bichette’s single. The latter stole second pad, then Cavan Biggio pushed him to the plate with a single.

Bichette placed fourth for the first time this season.

He also hit a single in the third inning.

Chris Bassitt (16-8) struck out 12 batters in 7 2/3 innings, allowing four singles and one double.

He set a career wins record and reached 200 innings for the season.

“I think it’s a level of prestige in one season,” Bassitt said emotionally. You need so many people to trust you. There is a lot of work going on in the shadows. It’s a milestone that means a lot to me. »

Bassitt walked only once.

“He was very good,” admitted opposing coach Aaron Boone. He was unpredictable. He has a large repertoire and it is difficult to anticipate his intentions. What’s more, he was very accurate in this match. »

Luke Weaver (3-6) allowed two runs and six hits in four innings.

Oswaldo Cabrera had two hits for the Yankees, who had won three straight games.

The match took place in front of 36,657 people at the Rogers Centre.

Yusei Kikuchi (10-6) will start Friday in Toronto against the Tampa Bay Rays, who will field Aaron Civale (7-4).

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Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is ill




(Boston) Former pitcher and commentator Tim Wakefield is undergoing treatment for an unidentified illness, the Boston Red Sox announced on Thursday.

The Massachusetts team also asked fans to respect their privacy after rumors about their health were spread without their consent by their former teammate Curt Schilling.

The Red Sox issued a statement after Schilling said on a podcast that Wakefield was suffering from brain cancer, prompting a flood of messages of support — and reprimands for Schilling.

“We are aware of these statements and questions regarding the health of Tim and Stacy Wakefield,” the Red Sox wrote. Unfortunately, this information was shared without their permission. Your health is a private matter and they want to keep it that way as they fight the disease and try to identify the best possible treatment. »

Wakefield, 57, announced his retirement in 2012 after going 200-192 with a 4.41 ERA and more than 3,000 major league innings. He was a member of the Red Sox championship teams in 2004 and 2007, and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

He had worked for NESN, the Red Sox broadcast network, since 2012 and remained active in several charities, including the Red Sox Foundation.

Schilling, who was Wakefield’s teammate from 2004 to 2007, hung up his glove in 2009. He served as an analyst for ESPN before being fired in 2016 for posting anti-transgender messages on social media. Other messages expressed support for the lynching of journalists or the attempted insurrection of January 6, 2021. His video game company, 38 Studios, filed for bankruptcy protection and he never repaid a $75 million loan from the State of Rhode Island .

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Blue Jays lose 2-0 to Yankees




(Toronto) Austin Wells hit a two-run home run in the ninth on Tuesday, leading the New York Yankees to a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hit off Jordan Romano (5-7), Wells’ third home run followed a single by Gleyber Torres as the first batter of the inning.

Wells attempted the first shot he saw from Jordan Romano.

Michael King gave up just one hit in six innings, striking out five batters. However, he allowed five walks.

Jhony Brito (9-7) had six eliminations and Clay Holmes had 23It is rescue.

The Jays’ three hits were singles by Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman and Alejandro Kirk.

Kevin Gausman allowed a leadoff hit in the sixth. He left after seven innings, having allowed three hits, while striking out five batters.

Erik Swanson pitched the eighth before Jordan Romano (5-7) conceded Wells’ long pass.

The Blue Jays are second in the trio of clubs that can reach the playoffs without a section title, in the American. They have a one-game lead over the Houston Astros, who play in Seattle on Tuesday night.

The Mariners are a game and a half behind the Astros.

Toronto had a chance to open the scoring in the third. Kevin Kiermaier reached the bases by choice, then George Springer and Bichette tied the balls. Vladimir Guerrero then counted three no-balls, before remaining inactive in the face of three shots that hit the target.

Bichette made a great play on defense in the seventh. On a grounder by Oswaldo Cabrera, he relayed in time to the plate at the expense of Giancarlo Stanton, as the second out of the inning.

Before the game, the Blue Jays removed first baseman and designated hitter Brandon Belt from the injured list.

He was sidelined due to muscle spasms in his lumbar spine.

Belt has a .251 batting average this season with 16 home runs.

Additionally, the Blue Jays recalled reliever Jay Jackson from their farm club in Buffalo.

Jackson has a 2.36 ERA in 26 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays. He struck out 25 batters.

Wednesday night, Jose Berrios (11-11) will face Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (14-4).

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