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Assessing the wildcard competition

The Red Sox are caught up in a, well, wild Wildcard race right now, just barely holding onto a playoff position. They are technically tied with Toronto for the top spot (though the Blue Jays hold the edge in the loss column) while the Yankees trail by one game as Seattle and Oakland both trail by three. For all my math heads out there, that’s five teams within three games, all fighting for two spots. There are now just three full weeks remaining on the schedule until this all has to be figured out, so it seems like an opportune time to take a minute to acclimate ourselves with the competition.