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Game #162 and out: Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals

Spoiler alert...

Ralph Freso
Adam Wainwright
RHP, 20-9, 2.38
Josh Collmenter
RHP, 11-8, 3.57
Matt Carpenter - 3B Ender Inciarte - LF
Jon Jay - CF A.J. Pollock - CF
Matt Holliday - LF David Peralta - RF
Matt Adams - 1B Mark Trumbo - 1B
Jhonny Peralta - SS Jake Lamb - 3B
Yadier Molina - C Tuffy Gosewisch - C
Kolten Wong - 2B Cliff Pennington - 2B
Randal Grichuk - RF Didi Gregorius - SS
Adam Wainwright - RHP Josh Collmenter - RHP

What are the storylines for the final day of the regular season? Here's your handy, cut out and keep guide to all that matters in the six divisions today, along with who is playing where.

  • AL East. Baltimore wins.
  • AL Central. Detroit (vs. Twins, 10:08am) are one up on Kansas City (@ Chicago, 11:10am). Both have qualified for the post-season, but a win for the Royals and loss for Detroit would lead to a one-game playoff on Monday in Detroit to determine the champion, with the loser getting the first AL wild-card and the winner taking on Baltimore in the ALDS.
  • AL West. Anaheim wins. Oakland (@ Texas, 12:05pm) are one up on Seattle (vs. Anaheim, 1:10pm). There's only one spot available here, so a win for the Mariners and a loss for the A's, would create a one-game playoff on Monday in Seattle, to determine the second AL wild-card.
  • NL East. Washington wins.
  • NL Central. It's a mirror of the AL Central, with St. Louis (@ Arizona, 1:10pm) one up over Pittsburgh (@ Reds, 10:10am), with both already qualified and only the title/wild-card to be decided. A Pirates win and Cardinals loss would lead to a one-game playoff on Monday in St. Louis, with the loser facing the Giants in the wild-card, and the winner taking on the Dodgers in the NLDS.
  • NL West. Los Angeles wins. San Francisco qualifies as a wild-card.

It's nice to be involved in the excitement, even if it's more of a "spear carrier #2" role, rather than as one of the main players. As someone who doesn't have to work tomorrow, I'm basically rooting for as much free baseball as possible, so three "win or die" playoff games before we even reach the wild-card, would seem to fully occupy the couch for the day. But the D-backs will have to get past Cardinals ace Wainwright to make that a reality, though we do have our best starting pitcher this year taking the mound too, in the shape of Collmenter. It should be a fun day, I think, so pop some popcorn and put up your feet for the final Diamondbacks game of the year.