Sport 162 of 2022 MLB season: What’s at stake

October 5, 2022

The ultimate day of the common season is right here, and whereas all the postseason spots have been claimed, there’s nonetheless loads at stake. From historic residence runs to workforce win milestones, Wednesday is certain to have its justifiable share of motion. Right here’s what to look out for as one other epic season attracts to an in depth.

Dodgers chase 111
The Dodgers need to add to what’s already a franchise-best common season of their finale in opposition to the Rockies. The Boys in Blue grew to become the primary workforce ever to win 106 video games in three consecutive full seasons — their 111th win would put them in a tie for 4th-most in trendy AL/NL historical past.

Freeman vs. McNeil
It seems to be like Mets utility man Jeff McNeil will win the NL batting title, however something can occur. McNeil sits at .326 heading into the ultimate day whereas Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman looms behind him with a .322 batting common. A multi-hit recreation for Freeman and an off night time from McNeil might make issues attention-grabbing.

A primary for Freeman
Whereas we’re with reference to Freeman – the potential NL batting title winner and proprietor of a .298 profession common has by no means had 200 hits in a season. Actually, nobody has since 2019, and his 196 hits in 2022 are a profession excessive. He’d want a four-hit effort to get there, however contemplating his 56 multi-hit video games are tied for probably the most within the Majors this season, it isn’t out of the query.

Arraez vs. Decide
The gulf between Luis Arraez and Aaron Decide has grown over the previous week, and it’s doubtless that Arraez would be the AL batting champ, denying Decide the Triple Crown. However doubtless isn’t particular – ought to the playoff-bound Yankees begin Decide in recreation 162, he would want not less than three hits, and a multi-hit recreation from Arraez would put him out of vary.

Pujols’ final (common season) hurrah
It’s been an unbelievable 2022 season for King Albert. He’s as much as 24 residence runs, his most since 2016. Pujols handed Alex Rodriguez for fourth on the all-time residence run listing and crossed the 700-home run mark. Now, sitting at 703 homers heading into what is probably going going to be his ultimate regular-season recreation, it’d be nice to see him shut it out with yet another and head into the postseason on a excessive observe.

An unlikely fortieth homer
Forty residence runs wouldn’t be uncharted territory for Mike Trout, however it could be extremely spectacular contemplating what he’s handled in 2022. The again damage that stored him off the sector for a bit over a month seemed for a time prefer it may threaten his complete second half, and Trout has appeared in simply 118 video games — ought to he hit his fortieth on the ultimate day of the season, in his 119th recreation, he’d have the third-fewest video games performed in a 40-HR season in AL/NL historical past. Solely Ken Griffey Jr., who hit 40 homers in 111 video games, and Matt Williams, who launched 43 in 112 contests, did it in fewer video games through the strike-shortened season of 1994.