It’s a longer season.
Nelson Cruz’s suspension for PEDs is over. He’s in at DH for Game 163. ¡Vamos Rangers! Let’s do this!
But unfortunately Nelson now looks like pre-Captain America Steve Rogers:
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!
So here is where we stand for the final day of the season with the only unresolved race:
In with a win, or a loss by either the Rangers or the Rays
In with a win and a loss by the Rangers
In with a win and a loss by the Rays
Here’s where it gets interesting:
Cleveland loses, Rangers and Rays win: A kind of double-elimination tournament would be played on Monday and Tuesday. Tampa Bay, who chose to have two road games, would host Cleveland. If Tampa wins, the Indians host the Rangers. If Cleveland wins, Texas would be home against the Rays. This, of course, the bestest possibility and should make us all Twins, Rangers, and Rays fans for one day.
Cleveland wins, Rangers win and Rays win: Rangers host a one-game playoff game against the Rays to see who plays Cleveland in the Wild Card round. (Rangers earned home field because they were 4-3 agains the Rays this year.)
Cleveland wins, Rangers lose and Rays lose: See above
The Rangers September rallying cry: “If Josh Hamilton won’t be in the playoffs, none of us will be in the playoffs!”
…before that they had scored 5 runs in all 4th innings combined.
- WGN Radio
To note, the Astros also set a record by striking out 43 times in their first three games. But PR knows how to put a positive spin on things.
New uniforms, new leagues, new season.
“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But it is better to be good than to be ugly.” - Oscar Wilde on the 2013 Houston Astros.
Josh Hamilton has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
That’s an interesting turn of events.
Image courtesy of fwweekly.com
Here are the most interesting pieces of info:
- If the Yankees lose and the Orioles win, one-game playoff tomorrow (Thursday). So, yes.
- If the Yankees lose the and A’s win the A’s are the number one seed. The. A’s. are. the. number. one. seed.
- If the A’s beat the Rangers they win the AL West. Only the fifth team to win a division after being back by at least 13 games (June 30) in a season. (1914 Braves, 15 games; ‘78 Yanks, 14; ‘51 Giants, 13; & ‘95 M’s, 13) Three of those four went to the World Series, two won it.
- Neither the Tigers nor the Orioles can be the number one seed.
via Wahoo Sam
the A’s are now 3 games back of the Rangers. The A’s and Rangers have four more games against each other, including this afternoon’s contest. They finish the season with a three-game set.
In between, the A’s play three at home vs. the Mariners. The Rangers will host the Angels for three.
Schedules for the AL playoff contenders:
12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning % (as of 9/4): .497
13 home, 14 away - opponents’ winning %: .512
15 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .529
12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning %: .487
16 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .483
13 home, 15 away - opponents’ winning %: .502
11 home, 17 away - opponents’ winning %: .546
16 home, 11 away - opponents’ winning %: .530
In one of those great baseball coincidences, the Yankees (2), Rangers (3), Tigers (7), and Angels (8) are all in the top ten in per game attendance. While the Orioles (23), White Sox (24), A’s (29), and Rays (30) are in the bottom ten.