Yanks close in on Jays while Mets deny Nats; Cubs, Rangers, Dodgers prevail
By Austin Laymance
Labor Day signaled the four-week mark until the end of the regular season, placing added importance on each game for contenders moving forward.
With a full slate of games Monday, here's a look at some key developments that helped shape the playoff picture:
Mets rally past Nationals David Wright drove in the go-ahead run as the Mets rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to beat the Nationals, 8-5, in the opener of a critical three-game series in Washington.
"We know it's a big series for us," Wright said. "We knew we had to bring it today. It was an exciting game, an emotional game. The fans get into it, the emotion, the energy. That's what you dream about."
Yankees tighten gap with Blue Jays
The American League East race is shaping up to be a captivating storyline, and the Yankees pulled back to within a half-game of the Blue Jays on Monday.
• The Cardinals saw their magic number to clinch a postseason berth reduced to 10, by virtue of the Nationals' loss to the Mets. The Cards could clinch a playoff spot as early as Sunday, and they would be the first team to do so.
Wild Card: Rangers at Yankees
Division Series: Wild Card at Royals, Astros at Blue Jays
Wild Card: Cubs at Pirates
Division Series: Wild Card at Cardinals, Mets at Dodgers
2015 POSTSEASON SCHEDULE
AL Wild Card Game: Oct. 6
NL Wild Card Game: Oct. 7
AL Division Series begin: Oct. 8
NL Division Series begin: Oct. 9
NL Championship Series begin: Oct. 16
AL Championship Series begin: Oct. 17
World Series begins: Oct. 27
Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.