The American League wild card chase has been an interesting follow, to say the least. Just when you think the Mariners are out of it, they’re back in it.
After the Mariners lost the first two games to Toronto on Monday and Tuesday, it appeared that all was lost.
But then they won on Wednesday afternoon, and nearly everything that could happen to help Seattle did happen on Wednesday and Thursday nights (with the exception of Detroit sweeping the Twins in a DH yesterday).
Heading into the weekend, here are the AL Wild Card standings:
TOR (83-69) +1
DET (82-70) —
BAL (82-71) 0.5
HOU (81-71) 1.5
SEA (80-72) 2
NYY (79-73) 3
The schedules for the six teams:
Toronto: vs. NYY (4), vs. BAL (3), @BOS (3)
Detroit: vs. KC (3), vs. CLE (4), @ATL (3)
Baltimore: vs. AZ (3), @TOR (3), @NYY (3)
Houston: vs. LAA (3), vs. SEA (3), @LAA (3)
Seattle: @MIN (3), @HOU (3), vs. OAK (4)
New York: @TOR (4), vs. BOS (3), vs. BAL (3)
It looks like Toronto and New York have the toughest schedules, while the Astros and Mariners have the easiest.
You can pinpoint series in which teams need to clean up against poor opponents. Seattle starts one tonight at Minnesota, the Orioles have to get some wins against Arizona before running the gauntlet to the finish line, and Detroit ends the year with three games against the hapless Braves.
This will be fun to follow the next few days. For starters, let’s see if the M’s can win the series at Minnesota.
- ESPN guru Dave Schoenfield figured out that it is possible for the AL Wild Card race to end in a six-way tie. A six-way tie!
- The Seattle Times caught up with Tacoma hitting coach Scott Brosius, who has been helping out in the big leagues since the Rainiers season ended.
- The Mariners announced “we aren’t done yet” by beating Toronto in 12 innings on Wednesday afternoon, 2-1.
- Felix Hernandez had a purposeful outing on Wednesday, pitching seven shutout innings. Felix told Larry Stone he was irked by all of the Blue Jays fans at the games.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook today leads off with a look ahead toward 2017. In his notebook from Thursday, Dutton writes that Ketel Marte‘s illness makes it hard to properly evaluate his play in the second half of this season.
- The Mariners have suspended injured catcher Steve Clevenger.
- Congratulations to Round Rock President Chris Almendarez, who was named PCL Executive of the Year.
- Oh boy. Josh Norris of Baseball America acquired the championship radio call from every minor league and posted them on one webpage. If you have ever wanted to hear a grown man yell “the Rubber Ducks have won the championship!” this is the place for you.
It’s going to be a fun weekend to follow the pennant race.