After a baseball-less weekend that’s an eerie preview of the upcoming off-season, the League Divisional series start up this week. Now we get to hand out some banners.
The first game up is Oakland vs. Houston, at 1:07 PT. Why 1:07? Why not 1:10? Did the Angels somehow worm their way into scheduling this? Anyway, here’s how those two squads will line up:
The national broadcast for the game will be on TBS, giving me vibes of watching Braves games as a kid in the 90s. Also, for those of you who collect the Topps line of umpire trading cards, this is an interesting note:
Tripp Gibson ranks 6th in terms of most pitcher-friendly umpires over the last 3 seasons— Sports Info Solutions (@SportsInfo_SIS) October 5, 2020
(in other words - his strike zone runs larger than most)
He has the plate for Astros-Athletics Game 1 this afternoon https://t.co/auA7GljYBx
No Yankees lineup yet, but here’s NYY’s ALDS roster, so, some combination of these guys:
The Yankees have announced their 28-man roster for the 2020 ALDS vs. Tampa Bay pic.twitter.com/Fkc6Cjduf4— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) October 5, 2020
Also, I totally forgot the Yankees and Rays are playing in California. So weird! I wonder if the neutral site will affect the Rays’ mysterious powers over the Yankees, like maybe the dome at the Trop was containing the mystical energy Tampa Bay uses to continually wrong-foot the Yankees, or there’s some ley line running from St. Petersburg to Yankee Stadium that Kevin Cash has learned how to master and bend to his will. You know, normal things thought by a normal person who definitely hasn’t spent too much time inside for the past eight months staring at the same four walls.
Go baseball! All I’m rooting for is Game 5s. Oh, and against the Astros. Always against the Astros.