If we have any chance of contending we need a major winning stretch AND we need some help from other teams.
Today we have some chance to gain ground on an off day because for once several teams ahead of us in the wildcard race are playing teams either out of it or likely to win division titles.
Yankees vs Tigers, Nova vs Verlander. Good matchup for our purposes. Again, we want a Yankees win.
Mariners vs Orioles. We couldn't beat Seattle, hopefully they beat up on the O's too :)
Rangers vs Red Sox, Darvish vs Cook. This would be a GREAT time for Darvish to regain his form. And for Hamilton to hit two dingers.
Angels vs A's pick your poison. 50/50 on that one.
Hey look, about three times in the last two weeks I'd decided "they're out of it, I give up"
But they keep rebounding. At this point I know it's very unlikely they make it. But at this point I'd even be excited to see them finish strong and 2-3 games out, because it would be exciting if the games mattered that last couple of weeks.
True.. but our competitors have flaws:
ANGELS:Bad bullpen, lack of offensive depth after Trout, Trumbo and Pujols. Even with a .271 AVG, it's mostly inflated by those three players. Questionable starting pitching after Weaver, even though Haren is healthy. Grienke is no guarantee to succeed in the AL--as we saw vs. the Rangers. C.J. Wilson's struggling as well.
A's:Best pitching in the AL--but their offense is still the worst in the AL.(.229 AVG) However, they have power. (14th in HR) Ryan Cook also needs to find consistency, after several recent blown saves.
TIGERS:Pitching issues after Verlander and Fister, but they have the advantage of having a schedule which includes most of the cruddy AL Central(excluding Chicago)
RAYS:Do they ever need offense! Even Longoria might not help. They need to start hitting more--not all teams are going to hand them BBs all the time. They also strike out too much. Pitching is the only thing keeping them in the race.
ORIOLES:Too many strikeouts, bad defense.. and yet they're within distance of a playoff spot due to their power and decent bullpen offsetting a questionable rotation.
RED SOX:Bad starting pitching outside of Buchholz, inconsistent offense with no Ortiz around. And how much does Aceves have left in the tank?(he pitched 55 games last year, and is already at 51.)
It doesn't matter. You and everyone else knows what happens to the Jays in Tampa. You should expect the Rays to score 15-20 runs this series.
I see Happ getting pulled by the 4th inning.
So far not good. Orioles and Red Sox both winning.
Cleveland Indians LOL.. pitching so inept, it knocked them out of the playoff race!
12-1 Minnesota right now. Morneau with 2 HRs.
Yankees tie the game up 2-2 on a Fielder error.
Yep Indians are in full freefall mode
AA call em up and get us Masterson
Tigers winning too.
Darvish not looking sharp tonight at all.