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American League: Boston and Tampa tied with one game remaining.
National League: St. Louis and Atlanta tied with one game remaining.
And because this is Baseball Hell:
Bud 'If I Only Had A Brain, A Spine, A Pink Slip' Selig: thinking about adding another wild card in each league. Because as we all know, any system which creates actual sports drama within baseball must be destroyed.
But since the happy day when he throws open the doors and lets everyone go single-elimination in April has not yet come, let's just appreciate the four-city stressout that tonight's going to create -- with the possibility for a sequel. Because if either of our matched pairs win or lose together, we will arrive at Game #163. And since when isn't that fun? If you're not personally involved, anyway...
I don't have a team in this fight, but I'm hoping for Tampa (because it'll take the Most Recent Choker label off the Mets and force Simmons to come up with a fresh excuse for not writing a column about this epic collapse) and St. Louis (because I cannot root for the Braves to do anything but die).
Oh, and as a follow-up, I'd like the Brewers to lose in the first round. Because Selig deserves it. And he'll just write them an auto-slot rule for all future seasons anyway,