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Wild Card single elimination begins in the MLB


The GIST: And just like that, the first team has been eliminated from the MLB playoffs. Next up: another single-elimination Wild Card game, tonight at 8:10 p.m. ET. Buckle up.

October 06, 2021
Source: Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images
Source: Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

American League (AL): Last night’s AL Wild Card game was a battle between two bitter rivals — the Boston Red Sox and the NY Yankees — and the Red Sox prevailed, beating the Yankees 6–2. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts got things started early with a two-run home run in the first inning and the Sox never looked back.

  • Next up in the AL, Boston will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a five-game divisional series (ALDS) beginning tomorrow at 8:07 p.m. ET.
  • The other ALDS between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros also begins tomorrow, but a bit earlier at 4:07 p.m. ET.

National League (NL): Tonight’s NL Wild Card game features two of the hottest teams in baseball: the defending champion LA Dodgers and the St. Louis “defy the odds” Cardinals. It also features two veteran pitchers in 37-year-old Dodger Max Scherzer and 40-year-old Cardinal Adam Wainwright. Age is but a number.

  • ICYMI: yesterday’s special edition newsletter has everything (else) you need to know about the MLB playoffs. You’re welcome.