Here are the most up to date Wild Card standings, complete with playoff odds from Baseball Prospectus:
Two former Rays square off in another pivotal start. Yes, it's a "Big Game." Shields has been less than Big of late. The oft injured Kazmir doesn't have the stamina to go deep into games, but he does have his fastball.
The Rangers are sliding. I've been telling you, both wild cards are in play. That means something.
Dempster has been a hot mess with a 6.63 ERA since August 1. Cobb can battle his command from time to time, but has been one of Tampa's strongest starters of late.
Feldman hasn't missed a beat since joining Baltimore from the Cubs, with a 3.63 ERA and a 2.4 SO/BB ratio. Pettitte may be old, be he's not fading down the stretch. He owns a 2.37 ERA over his last three starts for New York.
What we need to happen today, in order of importance:
- A Royals win. Naturally.
- A Tampa loss. Naturally.
- I don't care who wins the Yankee/Oriole game. We will root against the team that wins today tomorrow. The series is currently at 1-1 and we need them to split.
- A Ranger loss. To keep it interesting.