October isn't in the cards, but there's still plenty of work to do. Here's what each non-playoff team needs to ask itself first.
— Nick Fortes hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the fourth inning, and Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins closed their 11th losing season in 12 years with a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
— Jesús Luzardo struck out a career-high 11 and Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a three-run homer to help the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Saturday night.
The Marlins aren't winning at anywhere near the rate Derek Jeter wants, and he says he will be busy this offseason trying to help the team get better through free agency or trades.
— Bryce Harper had three hits including his 35th homer, Ranger Suárez pitched seven scoreless innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-0 on Friday night.
— Michael Conforto's eyes already were red when he reached the dugout, and as teammates hugged him they filled with tears.
Edward Cabrera and Jesus Sanchez left the Marlins' 12-3 loss to the Mets on Thursday night because of injuries.
— Miguel Rojas’ two-run single capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning Wednesday night, spoiling Taijuan Walker’s longest start in more than four years and sending the Miami Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.
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— After two years away, Noah Syndergaard was still nasty.
— Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs, Marcus Stroman earned his 10th win and the New York Mets stopped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins in the opener of their doubleheader Tuesday.
Noah Syndergaard started Tuesday night for the Mets -- topping out at 96 mph and striking out his first two batters in a perfect inning -- to complete his comeback from Tommy John surgery.
— Rookie Shane Baz pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings to win his second straight start and the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Sunday for their team-record 14th series sweep.
Mike Zunino, Ji-Man Choi and the Rays had a night to remember on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Florida, as their 7-3 win over the Miami Marlins gave Tampa Bay its second consecutive American League East title.
— In a division loaded with big-budget teams, this is becoming a familiar picture: the Tampa Bay Rays gathering on the mound, posing for a photo as AL East champions.
— Ryan Yarbrough allowed two hits over six innings of splendid relief and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Miami Marlins 8-0 on Friday night to close in on another AL East title.
Who is rising and falling as the end of the season rapidly approaches?
— Juan Soto took over the NL batting lead, getting three hits and three RBI to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday night.
— Josh Rogers pitched 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 Tuesday night.
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— Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered twice before scoring from third on a wild pitch in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 8-7 Monday night.
— Lewin Díaz led off the bottom of the 10th with a two-run homer off Chad Kuhl, and the Miami Marlins beat Pittsburgh 6-5 Sunday to deny the Pirates what would have been their first series sweep this season.
— Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled twice and survived a ninth-inning tumble on the pitcher’s mound in the game’s second failed attempt to catch a poup, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 6-3 Saturday night and move within a win of their first...
— Wil Crowe won for the first time since July 30 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Friday night.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?