The Baltimore Orioles are just one game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL playoff picture. Like the Tigers, they only have four games remaining. Baltimore and Toronto face off in their series finale at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, and the O’s finish the season with three games in New York against the Yankees. New York could provide a stiff test, but will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss (against Boston on Thursday) or with an Orioles win.
Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are just one game ahead of Baltimore, also with four to play. Toronto will send Marcus Stroman to the mound on Thursday before traveling to Boston for a three-game series to close out the year. While the Red Sox clinched the AL East crown on Wednesday, they are still fighting with the Indians and Rangers for positioning in the AL playoff picture.
If that isn’t enough baseball for you, fear not! The Seattle Mariners, who sit just one game behind the Tigers, kick off a four-game series against the Oakland Athletics at 10:10 p.m. ET. Seattle will send rookie lefthander Ariel Miranda to the mound against Oakland’s Kendall Graveman. While a home series against the A’s is potentially the easiest remaining road to the playoffs among the four teams in this glut, the M’s basically have to win out if they have any hopes of reaching the AL Wild Card game.
So, who ya got? Can Stroman tame the O’s at home? Will Graveman ruin the Mariners’ postseason hopes?