Folks, the new Wild Card system works.
Under the old Wild Card system, tonight’s A’s and Angels game would have been interesting but not really intense. Sure, if the A’s won there would be a tie for first place with 34 games left.
But both teams would be in line for a playoff spot. They are 6 games up on the Mariners who would be their only threat to a post season run. So the idea would not be to win the Division but to make the playoffs and not fall behind Seattle.
With the A’s and Angels both in the post season, one would face Baltimore and the other either Kansas City or Detroit. So the real interest in the series would be as a preview of the inevitable ALCS clash.
Now it is different.
When Jon Lester pitched beautifully, Coco Crisp scored on the wild pitch and Sean Doolittle shut the game down, the two teams essentially began a 34 game race.
The winner? They get home field advantage throughout the post season.
The loser? They get to face either Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Max Scherzer or David Price in a one game do or die playoff game.
Which would YOU rather have?
34 games left. One team will play better than the other. And it is going to get good.
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Joe Smith’s 8th inning 2 out wild pitch scored Coco Crisp and gift wrapped a 2-1 A’s win over the Angels. DODGED BULLET
47 Dodged Bullets 41 Teeth Grinders
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Giants jumped ahead to a first inning 2 run lead and couldn’t hold it for a single frame. Lincecum lost again as the Nationals scored early and hung on, 6-2. TEETH GRINDER
47 Dodged Bullets 44 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Boston took an early 3-0 lead and kept the Mariners off the board for 8 out of 9 innings. Unfortunately Seattle posted a 7 spot in the 4th inning and won 7-3. TEETH GRINDER
41 Dodged Bullets 54 Teeth Grinders
The AL West season starts tomorrow.
Both teams have a magic number of 35.
2 can be carved off by whomever wins tomorrow.