What a time to be alive. In the spirit of our usual playoff game threads, with the Mariners one game back of a playoff spot and a bevy of important matchups today, we’ll try and put up Scoreboard Watching Threads on weekends or whenever possible, particularly with so many games of note underway early this afternoon (all times PST). Here’s how things look right now (ahead of today’s games) in the American League:
In the 1 to 1:30 time slot...
Texas Rangers (LHP Wes Benjamin) at Oakland Athletics (LHP Cole Irvin) - 1:05 PM
Texas is a tough team to bet on, but Oakland is tossing out contact-keen grouch Cole Irvin, hopefully Adolis Garcia can drop some punishment.
Doubleheader Game 1: Toronto Blue Jays (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu) at Baltimore Orioles (RHP Dean Kremer) - 1:35 PM
Toronto and Baltimore play two today, with Game One looking like a hilarious mismatch between a back-to-back Cy Young runner-up and, well, Dean Kremer. But who knows!
In the 4 to 4:30 time slot...
Los Angeles Angels (LHP José Suarez) at Houston Astros (RHP Luis Garcia) - 4:10 PM
Anaheim’s roster is a shambling disaster at the moment, but Suarez has been a bright spot, slowly taking strides towards competency as a former back-end Top-100 type prospect. Anyways, this will probably be 14-4 Houston.
Doubleheader Game 2: Toronto Blue Jays (RHP Thomas Hatch) at Baltimore Orioles (LHP Keegan Akin) - ~45 minutes after Game One ends
Thomas Hatch appears to be the Blue Jays’ equivalent of mid-2010s Erasmo Ramírez, sort of, so this is obviously an easier matchup than the first game of the day. Even a split of today’s tilts would be an absolute gem of an outcome from our brothers in orange.
Boston Red Sox (RHP Connor Seabold) at Chicago White Sox (RHP Dylan Cease) - 4:10 PM
It’s a fracas of heavyweight hosiery, as the ChiSox look to continue solid form while cruising to the AL Central title. Boston will have their top pitching prospect, Seabold, making his big league debut.
New York Yankees (RHP Corey Kluber) at New York Mets (RHP Taijuan Walker) - 4:45 PM
Hopefully Tai can channel his inner Nelson Cruz and aid his former team, continuing to flush the spiraling Yankees down the standings.