Game Thread: October 3, 2012

Utilize this game thread to talk about not only the Indians' season finale, but also the other MLB games with playoff implications.

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There are three games today that have playoff implications:


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Texas Rangers
@ Oakland Athletics

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Ryan Dempster vs A.J. Griffin

Sunny. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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If Texas Wins: Texas wins the AL West, Oakland plays Baltimore/New York in Wild Card Game

If Oakland Wins: Oakland wins the AL West, Texas plays Baltimore/New York in Wild Card Game

Even though this is a regular season game, it might as well be a playoff game, since the winning team will not only take home the division title, but the losing team, while they will make the playoffs, will have to play a one-game playoff to get into the Division Series round. If we were playing under last year's rules, the loser might have gotten into a one-game playoff with Baltimore to just get into the playoffs, as Texas, Oakland, and Baltimore all have the same record, so the game would have had similar implications.

But the new playoff scheme is making the division title worth a lot more, because a team that makes it as a wild card is only guaranteed 1 postseason game, while the division winner will get at least 3. I like this facet of the new playoff structure a lot, and we're seeing it playing out the first it's in use.


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Boston Red Sox
@ New York Yankees

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Yankee Stadium

Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Hiroki Kuroda

Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from right ot left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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If both New York and Baltimore win: New York wins AL East, Baltimore plays Texas/Oakland in Wild Card Game

If both New York and Baltimore lose: New York wins AL East, Baltimore plays Texas/Oakland in Wild Card Game

If New York loses and Baltimore wins: Playoff game tomorrow to determine AL East winner, with loser to play Texas/Oakland in Wild Card Game

Because of the difference created between a division winner and wild card team by the new playoff format, there will be a playoff game to determine the division winner. That wasn't the case under the old system because there wasn't that much difference between the two spots; in some cases, the wild card team might have gotten a better matchup.

And our game....


Current Series

3 game series vs White Sox @ Progressive Field

Mon 10/01 WP: Hector Santiago (4 - 1)
LP: Corey Kluber (2 - 5)
0 - 11 loss
Tue 10/02 WP: Chris Seddon (1 - 1)
LP: Matt Thornton (4 - 10)
4 - 3 win

Chicago White Sox
@ Cleveland Indians

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT
Progressive Field

Gavin Floyd vs David Huff

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.

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