September 14, 2021

Red Sox Tied With Yankees For Second Wild Card Spot With 16 Games Remaining

The Red Sox lost to the Mariners last night 5-4.

Boston had trailed 0-2 early, but rallied to tie the game at 2-2 in the fifth. Mitch Haniger, who went 4-for-4, hit a three-run homer off Ryan Brasier in the bottom of the seventh. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers hit back-to-back dongs in with two outs in the eighth, but the Red Sox went down in order in the ninth.

The Blue Jays beat the Rays 8-1, running their September record to 12-1. The Yankees had been 0-35 this season when trailing by four or more runs, but they rallied from 0-5 to beat the Twins in ten. Craig Calcaterra notes that history has shown "if the Yankees need any help with anything even remotely related to the playoffs, the Twins are always happy to oblige".

All this means is that Boston and New York are now tied for the second wild card spot.


TOR 81-63 +1.0
MFY 80-64  ---  (.5555555)
BOS 81-65  ---  (.5547945)
SEA 78-66  2.0
OAK 77-66  2.5

WalkingTaako tweets that if the Blue Jays end up winning the first Wild Card spot, "the day before the game Canada should lift the waiver and require all players entering the country to be vaccinated, to gut the other team's roster".

I love this idea – and I love it even if the Blue Jays end up hosting the Red Sox. The players who have refused to get vaccinated but lack the courage to tell the public are cowards. I'd like to know who they are.

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RIP, Norm Macdonald, one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all-time, who died at 61, after dealing with cancer for nine years.

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