The Hunt For October Continues to Sizzle
Once again another day/night has gone by in the world of Major League Baseball and the excitement hasn’t gone anywhere only intensified. There were nine games which took place yesterday that had playoff implications surrounding them and each one brought some terrific action to the table along with allowing certain teams gain ground on others and some teams to distance themselves from those attempting to catch them.
The Baltimore Orioles once again showed the world that they are relentless and aren’t going in where in their 4-2, 18-inning marathon victory over the Seattle Mariners. The game lasted 5 hours and 44 minutes and was the O’s 14th consecutive extra inning win. The victory also place them in a tie with the New York Yankees for both the AL East lead and second AL Wild Card slot. The Yankees game versus the Toronto Blue Jays was rained out but will be made up today as part of a double-header.Speaking of the second AL Wild Card slot, the Tampa Bay Rays are pretty much playing themselves out of contention for that bid as they lost 7-5 to the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have now lost eight out of their ten games and sit six games behind the pace for that slot.
The Detroit Tigers put together an impressive victory over the red-hot Oakland A’s 12-2 in a game that Miguel Cabrera proved once again why he should be the AL MVP. Tigers starter Max Scherzer left the game after the second inning with what was called by the team as shoulder fatigue. The Tigers sit three games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and five and a half games behind the Yanks and O’s for the second AL Wild Card slot. With the loss the A’s now sit just one half game in front of the Yanks and O’s for the first AL Wild Card slot but didn’t lose any ground in the AL West race still behind the Texas Rangers by three games. The Rangers got hammered by the Los Angeles Angels 11-3 and now are just three games behind the Yanks and O’s for the second AL Wild Card slot.
In the National League the only true race is for the second Wild Card slot and the Milwaukee Brewers are gaining on it fast as they shutout the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 and sit just two and a half games back while the Pirates slip to three and a half back. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros (who hasn’t this year) 4-1 and maintain a one and a half game lead for the second NL Wild Card slot in large part due to the Los Angeles Dodgers/Washington Nationals game being postponed to due to rain. That game will be made up today as part of a double-header as well. The Philadelphia Phillies/New York Mets game was also rained out but that double-header to make up the game will not take place until Thursday. The Atlanta Braves lost to the Miami Marlins 4-3 on a walk-off RBI single in the 10th by Jose Reyes. In Dusty Baker‘s 3000th career game as a manger his Cincinnati Reds defeated his old team the Chicago Cubs 3-1 decreasing their magic number to clinch the NL Central to just four.
What exciting day/night in baseball, I can’t wait to see what happens today, the Hunt for October is on!