After two consecutive seasons of finishing dead last in the American League East, the Boston Red Sox are back in the postseason. The Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Saturday to clinch an American League playoff berth. They still have some work to do to clinch the AL East, though, as their magic number is three. It’s a little confusing, as the Red Sox’s magic number to clinch technically still is one. However, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays play each other three more times, so there’s no scenario in that series that doesn’t involve Boston earning at least a wild card spot. The Blue Jays would have to lose three games in that series for the Red Sox to clinch, but the Orioles
Thank the old gods and the new, the Orioles are back on track. Wade Miley pitched a gem (not a joke). The offense hit a pair of dongs. Camden Yards was packed. Maybe you got a nice sweatshirt. And the Birds beat the Diamondbacks 6-1 to win the series and get back into a wild card spot. This was a good Saturday night. Magnificent Miley Let’s just get right to it: Wade Miley was fantastic. His line: 8.2 innings, one run, seven hits, no walks and 11 freakin’ strikeouts. He got into a few jams throughout the game but was always able to get himself out of it. And at one point, had retired 12 consecutive batters. I’ll admit it, I have been a Miley hater since he came to Baltimore at the end of July.
Record: 64-91. Pace: 67-95. Change on 2015: -10. A solid pitching duel between two young hurlers in Dylan Bundy and Braden Shipley resulted in a good game, but ultimately a 2-1 Diamondbacks loss. Both starters today showed serious intestinal fortitude, and kept their teams in the game. The bullpens were even better with almost zero action happening from the sixth inning onward. The Dbacks could only manage four hits, with a Jean Segura double followed by a Paul Goldschmidt RBI single being the only impactful hits. For you, intrepid fans, here is how it unfolded. Before we begin, respects should be paid to the passing of Jose Fernandez. I know this diverges from the usual game recap, but it is