Paul Swydan of FanGraphs writes that the extra wild card has created a scenario where more fringe playoff teams must decide whether to reach for October or keep building. This is the predicament for Baltimore, Toronto, Cleveland and Oakland.
Five teams are in the bottom half of this week's power rankings but in the top half of baseball in team WAR. What gives? Paul Swydan writes that the Cardinals, D-backs, Brewers, Phillies and Tigers can make the playoffs if they tighten up a bit.