The final month of the major league season is upon us, and as we learned last season with the implementation of two wild-card berths in each league, there are more teams contending for playoff spots in September than ever before.

The first weekend is already underway, featuring several series that will impact the playoff races. And there will be meaningful meetings all the way through the final week of the season thanks to that second wild card and some tight divisional races.

Scoreboard watching should be an acquired skill in these final three-plus weeks, and we will fill your datebook with the most crucial from here on out, starting with the month’s first weekend.

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