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Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:27 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 1:11 am
 


By Matt Snyder


A lead that was nine games heading into September is now at zero. The Boston Red Sox lost Monday night in Baltimore, while the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees in Tropicana Field, meaning the two ballclubs are now tied for the AL wild card.

The Angels were eliminated with a 4-3 loss, so it's just the two AL East teams.

Boston Red Sox
89-71
Remaining schedule: 2 @ BAL
Tuesday pitching matchup: Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50) vs. Zach Britton (11-10, 4.40) of the Orioles. Britton has been terrible against the Red Sox this season while Bedard couldn't get through three against the Orioles last time out.

Tampa Bay Rays
89-71
Remaining schedule: 2 v. NYY
Tuesday pitching matchup: Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90) vs. Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02) of the Yankees. Rookie of the Year candidate Hellickson has a 3.93 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in three starts against the Yankees this year, but he was pretty good (seven innings, two earned runs) last time he saw them, which was his most recent start. The Rays have had their way with Colon this season, piling up 22 hits and 11 earned runs in 15 innings (6.60 ERA). The Rays have won all three games in which Colon started against them.

If the two clubs end up tied after these final two games, they'll play a one-game playoff in Tropicana Field Thursday night, due to the Rays winning the season series.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

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Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:08 am
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

Looks like Theo didn't didn't wait long.  Was out on business last week and saw it in the airport having a beer. Minus the injuries and poor start, I think the Red Sox wouldn't be in this position but that's pretty much a well-known.  What I don't have a firm understanding of is who's a good fit.  Ozzie's headed to FL and any no other average, to above managers, stick out. Riggelman did well with the Nationals but that's a young team.  Boston has an established staff that's somewhat aging (in my humble opinion).  Thoughts?

   



Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

Now this would be one for the memories (of the Red Sox fans). Even with the injuruies, pitching of shalllackey, and some bad breaks, you guys still have a shot at the play-offs.  After all, who has astart to the season like you guys and finds themselved still in the hunt? Now coming from and Irishman, that's a Lucky Charm! Now, you face the Rays who are everything you are but a few states south. THis won'y come don to OBP or WHIP, it'll be a war and which one of you want it most. Perhaps the one game playoff on FL might be seminal in answering this question? May the best club win...and beat the Yankees for the Eastern Crown.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

It's official! The Red Sox's season is over! Time to replace Terry Francona with a manager who knows how to fire up his players, opposing players and their fans. Francona is too passive a manager...just like Ken Macha.  



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

The difference between what is happening this year and what they want to impliment next year (1 game wild card playoff) is that if it existed this year teh two big wildcard races we are all following, Red Sox/Rays and Braves/Cards would have no exicitement since they would have their one game playoff, no matter which of them was in front, and by how much. 

Not that I'm against it.  Every system has some times when it works and some times when it doesn't.  A system like this was supposed to make teams try harder to win their division instead of getting in as a wild card.  Something that makes sense.  I guess we're just lucky it hasn't started yet, so we get these two great races to watch.



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

This is what i september baseball is all about. Win or go home. And by the way - if you read the article it is very clear on what happens when two teams tie. It's almost as to what they want to implement in 2013. Two wild-card teams play a one-game playoff and then get seeded for the rest of the postseason. But because it has not been implemented, there is a tie for the wild-card "spot" so Rays and Redsux will have a one-game playoff on Thursday at the home with the winning season series record. In this case the Rays are 12-6 against the Redsux - so they're going to play at the dome! GO RAYS!!!!



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:01 am
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

Realdeal, to answer your question, i don't believe a tie breaker is used at all when figuring out who makes the playoffs and who goes home.  if both teams have the same record then a 1 game playoff play-in game is played on thursday. 

tie breakers are only used to determine seeding or div winner between two teams already in the playoffs and then its head to head record.    no one goes home because of a tie breaker in baseball, i kinda like it that way.

 



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:24 am
 

Playoff Race: AL wild card is tied

Sorry vut, yes we see late season collapses almost every year, but little to none as epic as this one. Choking isn't just about collapsing, but its who you collapse against. The 2004 Red Sux were a fantastic team, fueled by the best steroids money could buy. They were a team extremely capable of winning 4 in a row off of anybody and they did so against the Yankees. It stung, but after the 2003 Aaron Boone walk-off I kinda saw it as even. We stole one, you stole one back.

Now fast forward to 2011 and the Red Sux (now steroid free?) are consistently embarrassed both at home and on the road against the 68-92 Baltimore Orioles, the mighty Tampa Rays with 1/3 of the payroll, and some sign stealing Canadians. In other words, no one with nearly the talent of the 2004 Red Sox. At least the 1978 Red Sox finished strong to force the one game playoff, this is way worse.  


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