MLB clinching tracker: Who can secure a playoff spot next?
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It’s mid-September and that means it’s officially clinching season in the majors. As MLB’s best teams celebrate punching their postseason tickets with champagne festivities in clubhouses across baseball, we’ve got you covered with all of the clinching details and an eye on who could pop the corks next.
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Boston Red Sox (Clinched season’s first playoff spot, Sept. 11)
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The Red Sox became the first team to officially punch a ticket to October with a 7-2 victory against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Boston clinched in its 145th game of the season, which is tied for the sixth-earliest by any team in the wild-card era (excluding the strike-shortened 1995 season) and is the earliest the Red Sox have ever clinched a spot, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
What does clinching first mean? In the wild-card era, 12 of the 25 teams to clinch first were eliminated in the first round of the postseason, while seven reached the World Series — most recently the Cubs in 2016. Two of those seven teams were the Red Sox squads of 2007 and 2013, with Boston winning both times.
What’s next: An American