In our continuing series of bury-our-head-in-the-sand scoreboard watching articles, we note that the Athletics magic number to make the postseason remains 16 with 15 games to play, though it's a slightly different flavor of 16 now. This 16 includes the Kansas City Royals, who are facing the completion of a suspended game later this month in which they are trailing the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning.
|KC||80||66||--||Loss||16||2-5||M# for home field in the AL Wild Card|
|SEA||80||66||--||Win||16||7-10||M# for the second Wild Card (2 to play HTH)|
|TEX||55||92||25.5||Win||Elim.||7-5||7 to play HTH|
|LAA||91||55||+11.0||Win||8-8||3 to play HTH|
With their win over the Athletics on Friday, the Mariners have clinched the season series, and would win home field advantage in case the A's and Mariners are tied for both Wild Card spots, or if a game between the two is necessary for the second Wild Card. The Indians, Blue Jays, and Yankees all lost to reduce the chance of the A's sliding into the bottom half of the American League, though there is still plenty of time. The Astros lost their 82nd game, and mathematically cannot pass the A's, so there's that.
Saturday's AL Wild Card scoreboard
The Yankees and Orioles kick things off at 10 o'clock with the Orioles having just completed their first doubleheader sweep of the Bronx Bombers since 1984.
The Rays and Blue Jays join the morning fray after Grant Balfour earned a save in a 1-0 game for the Rays for some reason.
Take the early afternoon off, and come back for the Indians and Tigers at around 4 o'clock. The Tigers took over the AL Central lead on Friday behind 7⅔ innings from David Price, and Jim Johnson finishing the game, the Motor City Kitties winning 7-2.
Game 3 of the Red Sox and Royals set also kicks off at 4 o'clock. The Red Sox have won the first two games of this one and will try to lock this series down to the benefit of the Athletics.
And finally the Athletics play at 6 o'clock.
|Time (PT)||Starting Pitcher||Notes|
|10:05 AM||Yankees||Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57)||M# vs. NYY = 11|
|Orioles||Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22)|
|10:07 AM||Rays||Jeremy Hellickson (1-3, 3.71)||M# vs. TOR = 12|
|Blue Jays||R.A. Dickey (12-12, 3.84)|
|4:08 PM||Indians||Danny Salazar (6-7, 4.19)||
M# vs. CLE = 12
M# vs. DET = 16
|Tigers||Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 2.78)|
|4:10 PM||Red Sox||Rubby De La Rosa (4-6, 4.01)||M# vs. KCR = 16|
|Royals||Jeremy Guthrie (10-11, 4.54)|
|6:10 PM||Athletics||Sonny Gray (13-8, 3.22)||M# vs. SEA = 16|
|Mariners||Felix Hernandez (14-5, 2.12)|