On Friday night time, the Indians fell to the Nationals (WAS 8, CLE 2), and at some stage in the an identical time the Rays topped the Blue Jays (TB 6, TOR 2). The Cleveland loss punched the Athletics’ ticket to the postseason, and the Rays’ purchase means they’re going to play Oakland in the AL Wild Card Sport.
That AL Wild Card Sport will be performed on Wednesday, Oct. 2, with the winner advancing to the ALDS, probably to oppose the Astros. The impact that Wild Card Sport will be performed is clean not sure. At this writing, the Rays path the A’s by good-looking a half of-recreation in the escape to amass out residence-self-self-discipline benefit for that one-and-carried out affair. If every and every teams assemble with the an identical file, then Oakland would host by benefit of their successful the season sequence over the Rays.
For the A’s, it’s their second straight day scuttle to the Wild Card Sport. They fell to the Yankees closing season. The A’s additionally performed in the Wild Card Sport in 2014, after they misplaced to the Royals. Oakland hasn’t improved past the LDS spherical in the postseason since 2006. Supervisor Bob Melvin has now led the A’s to the playoffs 5 occasions.
The Rays return to the postseason for the primary time since 2013, after they misplaced to the Crimson Sox in the ALDS. This may sometimes moreover worth the fifth playoff look in franchise historical past, and the primary beneath supervisor Kevin Cash. The Rays beforehand acquired the pennant in 2008 with Joe Maddon in the dugout. The Rays this 12 months develop the postseason regardless of rating closing in MLB in Opening Day payroll.
Talking of that:
Whereas the A’s punched their ticket good-looking prior to taking the self-self-discipline in opposition to the Mariners, the Rays needed to defend their comprise business in Toronto. Doing so occasioned an on-self-self-discipline celebration:
Rays-A’s. It rhymes and the whole thing.