The major league playoffs got off to a rousing start last night, when Kansas City scored a dramatic 9-8 victory on 12 innings.
The Royals had two comebacks: they were trailing 7-3 going to the bottom of the eighth inning, and 8-7 going to the bottom of the 12th.
As I sat there watching this wild back-and-forth game, I kept thinking about how excruciating it would be if I was a fan of one of the two teams. What a wild ride.
Now the Royals will now face the LA Angels in the best-of-five American League Division Series (Detroit and Baltimore square off in the other one).
Tonight we have the National League wild card game, with San Francisco at Pittsburgh starting at 5:07 (Pacific).
Once that game is settled, we’ll be down to eight playoff teams and the series format takes over. On this blog tomorrow, we’ll look at all of the former Tacoma players on the eight remaining teams.
- Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik met with the media yesterday, and he said the team’s payroll will go up in 2015 – among other things. Also, the story has positive news on Danny Hultzen.
- Jack Z’s tenure is defined by a lack of offense, Jerry Brewer writes.
- Nice year, John McGrath writes, but the Mariners honeymoon period is over.
- The Mariners made a roster move on Monday afternoon, activating Jesus Montero from the suspended list and releasing Corey Hart. Hart was going to be a free agent, anyway.
- We have some interesting news regarding pace of play from MLB. They are going to try some ideas out in the Arizona Fall League, including the no-stepping-out-of-the-box rule I wrote about a while back. They also basically eliminated mound conferences – just three per game, including catcher-and-pitcher.