Dandy. The potential wild-card scheduling implications of this are an absolute boondoggle, and while I am essentially always for #TeamChaos in sports, as it often seems affiliated with #TeamFun, this particular situation does offer a semi-off day for Detroit right now which is annoying, and especially deincentivizes Cleveland to play anyone competent Monday for rest purposes.
Then again, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
For a bit of positivity after the frustrating series of events since the end of yesterday’s Mariners win, this (now likely slightly adjusted, but not significantly) projection was heartening, even if it is still a long shot.
According to @FiveThirtyEight if every favorite won every game from now here are standings.— Dick Fain (@dickfain) September 29, 2016
Regardless, today does feature a game of import to the M’s, and blessedly we are rooting for the team NOT starting Ubaldo Jiménez. Marcus Stroman takes the ball for Toronto’s punch-happy rascals, and will attempt to keep Baltimore from tying them for the 1st WC spot.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Adam Jones - CF||Ezequiel Carrera - LF|
|Hyun Soo Kim - LF||Josh Donaldson - 3B|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Jose Bautista - DH|
|Matt Wieters - C||Russell Martin - C|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Michael Saunders - RF|
|Michael Bourn - RF||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP||Marcus Stroman - RHP|
FiveThirtyEight Projection: 57% Toronto Win.
Go Condor, Go Benoit, Go Smoak,