Down to nine possibilities

Updated: October 1, 2005, 11:54 AM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
On Friday, I presented a sort of American League weekend primer, enumerating all the ways in which this three-team contest might play out. And since this resulted in a greater response than anything I've done in a while, I figured I'd return with a follow-up. There were 16 possible outcomes Friday, and today only nine, which makes the figuring -- yes, I still do everything by hand -- a bit simpler.

The following describes every eventuality (barring natural disasters) regarding the rest of this weekend's games:

Red Sox lose twice to Yankees
Indians win 0  Yankees win East, Red Sox win WC
Indians win 1  Sox-Indians playoff1
Indians win 2  Indians win wild card