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Playoff Watch Thread: 9/29

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Cool roof, Detroit.

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

After an excruciating couple games yesterday, the Orioles and Blue Jays will conclude their series today in Toronto at 4:07 PM PT. Meanwhile, this morning in Detroit...

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.

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.

Today's Lineups

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,

Go Ms.