Over the course of the last three weeks, no one has been hotter than the Milwaukee Brewers in Major League Baseball. Despite losing star hitter Christian Yelich, they have rolled to the tune of winning 17 of 19 ball games. After a loss to the Chicago Cubs back on September 5th, they truly looked stranded and without much of a hope of making the playoffs. They were 7 ½ games behind the Cardinals for the NL Central lead and five off aforementioned Chicago for the Wild Card. They scantily had a chance to do it. But somehow they have found a way, and Wednesday night saw them seal their place in the playoffs by clinching at least a Wild Card spot via a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. They eliminated both the Cubs and the New York Mets from any possibility of getting into the playoffs as well after the win. However, the work isn’t over yet. The Brewers’ hot streak means there is still a chance they could win the division over the Cardinals. They have four games left while the Cards have three, and they are 1.5 games back, so it is doable.
The Minnesota Twins were not supposed to win the AL Central. In fact, no one was supposed to really get close to the Cleveland Indians in the division. It just wasn’t to be on the cards, such was the level of dominance the Indians had showed last season. But that didn’t stop the Twins, and they have now taken the division officially after months and months of being in control. Even with all of that so-called ‘control,’ the Twins still struggled and looked like they could have given the lead back. At one point, they had led by over 11 games over the Indians only to squander their lead. But they then recomposed themselves, relying on MLB’s highest home run total as a team, and took command for good in the division. They closed it out on Wednesday night against the hapless Detroit Tigers in a 5-1 win, locking up their first AL Central crown since 2010. Luis Arraez and Eddie Rosario led the way with home runs while Randy Dobrak allowed just one hit over six innings as they cruised into the playoffs.
If news reports are to be believed, and many of them are nowadays in the world of sports, the holdout of Melvin Gordon is all but over now. Gordon, allegedly, will be making his return to the LA Chargers on Thursday, ending a 64-day holdout. Should he indeed show up, he will not play this weekend against the Miami Dolphins, as much as he might like to do so. He will likely take a week or two. As for his overall status, it’s still heavily thought he will not stick around with the team come next season. But for now, he is a Chargers play, even if the two sides aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on all matters.