Well. We aren’t getting CHAOS. After days of folks hanging onto the possibility of a four-way tie in the AL Wild Card race (plus a tie atop the NL West standings), which would’ve yielded extra games tomorrow, we didn’t get any of that stuff. Just a normal, standard playoff group. The Yankees, Red Sox, and Giants controlled their own destiny coming into today, and they all won. BO-RING.
So the playoff field is set, and at least it – if not the day that could’ve preceded it – will feature some fun.
The Wild Card match-ups are pretty darn good, for example.
In the AL, you get the Red Sox hosting the Yankees Tuesday night at 7pm CT on ESPN. That’s obviously a pretty perfect match-up if you like traditional hype.
In the NL, you get the Dodgers hosting the Cardinals Wednesday night at 7pm CT on TBS. Of course I’ll be pulling for the Dodgers when the rubber meets the road – I kinda hate them, but I cannot root for the Cardinals – but it’s sort of win-win, because even if the Cardinals win, it’s kinda hilarious that the 106-win Dodgers will have gotten bounced in a single game. And if the Cardinals don’t win, well, hey, that’s always swell.
Then the ALDS starts on Thursday, with the Wild Card winner facing the Rays, and the White Sox facing the Astros (Tony La Russa versus Dusty Baker).
The NLDS starts on Friday, with the Wild Card winner facing the Giants (sucks for them if it’s the Dodgers), and the Braves facing the Brewers.