Yankees - 000 300 003 - 6 10 1***
Red Sox - 000 000 020 - 2 5 0
Mike Mussina (3.47, 124 ERA+) / Daisuke Matsuzaka (2.80, 163 ERA+)
First game of a day-night doubleheader.
The only thing I want today (besides no Red Sox injuries)? No 20th W for Mussina.
There are still two undecided playoff spots: the AL Central and the NL Wild Card.
In the AL Central, the Twins are 0.5 GA of the White Sox.
Cleveland/White Sox at 2If the Twins win and the White Sox lose, Minnesota wins the division and heads to Tampa Bay. In any other scenario -- both teams win, both teams lose, White Sox win/Twins lose -- the teams would remain a half-game apart and the White Sox would have to make up a September 13 rainout against Detroit. That game would be in Chicago at 1 PM on Monday. If, after that game, the White Sox are tied for first place with the Twins, they would play Minnesota in another tiebreaker, also in Chicago, on Tuesday. The ALDS against the Rays starts on Thursday.
Royals/Twins at 2
Over in the NL, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the wild card.
Marlins/Mets at 1If Milwaukee and New York remain tied, a one-game playoff would be played in New York on Monday. Both NLDS begin on Wednesday.
Cubs/Brewers at 2
JoS Contest Updates:
The Red Sox have 94 wins, with two games scheduled for today. The W-L contest tie-breaker is Manny Ramirez's OPS, based on his complete 2008 season. Right now, Manny has an 1.031 OPS (.927 with Boston, 1.232 with Los Angeles). When we weed out the sub-1.000 OPS entries, we are left with:
MBM OPSIt looks like it's between Zenslinger, Rob and The Pita. If Manny decides to hit four dongs or something, SoSock might enter the mix.
The Pita 96-66 1.037
Matt 96-66 1.014
Paul Hadzewycz 96-66 1.012
SoSock 95-67 1.062
Rob 95-67 1.038
MikeT9485 95-67 1.013
Zenslinger 94-68 1.015
Devine 94-68 1.001
In the Yankee Elimination Day contest, we are looking at the first tiebreaker. The Yankees have 88 wins going into today's doubleheader. Our remaining contestants:
NY Last Red
YED Wins Sox Win
Lewis S 0923 89 ALDS 4
Franco B 0923 88 G 162
Chuck C 0923 88 ALDS 4
Zenslinger 0923 88 ALCS 5