With the Detroit Tigers struggling something fierce as we head down the stretch, we Tigers fans need something else to entertain ourselves. The minor league season is over and we don’t want to watch football, so we’re turning to the next best thing: other baseball. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be checking in on our old friends as they make a push towards the 2017 postseason (now with standings!).
J.D. Martinez hit two more home runs, and Robbie Ray had another great start with double digit strikeouts. Ho hum.
Martinez: 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SO
Ray: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO
Oakland Athletics 10, Houston Astros 2 (box)
Dallas Keuchel struggled in the middle innings, and the Astros bullpen fell apart late. Good thing they traded for another ace to take stress off that ‘pen, huh?
Justin Upton hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning to put Los Angeles ahead for good. They are one game back in the AL Wild Card race.
Upton: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SO
Milwaukee Brewers 3, Chicago Cubs 1 (box)
The Brewers swept the Cubs over the weekend to move within two games in the NL Central race.
AL PLAYOFF RACE
AL Wild Card Race: 9-10-17
|New York Yankees||77||65||-3.5|
|Los Angeles Angels||73||70||1.0|
|Kansas City Royals||71||71||2.5|
|Tampa Bay Rays||71||73||3.5|
New York Yankees 16, Texas Rangers 7 (box)
Holy dingers, Batman! Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit two dongs apiece to move the Yankees 3 1⁄2 games ahead in the AL Wild Card race.
Smile if you’ve won 18 games in a row.
Tampa Bay Rays 4, Boston Red Sox 1 (box)
Rick Porcello has lost 17 games this season because the baseball gods know who really should have won the Cy Young Award last year.
Kansas City Royals 11, Minnesota Twins 3 (box)
Here’s hoping the Twins get buried by their AL Central rivals down the stretch to miss the postseason. Screw the Twins.
LOL IS THIS REAL BASEBALL (NL PLAYOFF PICTURE)
NL Wild Card Race: 9-10-17
|St. Louis Cardinals||75||68||3.0|
Congratulations to the Nationals for clinching their third NLDS loss in four years.
The Dodgers have lost 10 straight games this year, something the Tigers have not done this year. Ergo, the Tigers should get the Dodgers’ playoff spot.
The Cardinals are just two games back in the NL Central race because they are unkillable zombies who will eventually destroy us all.
Cincinnati Reds 10, New York Mets 5 (box)
You want to root for the Reds right now, who are currently Detroit’s closest “competition” for the No. 4 pick in next year’s MLB draft.
Atlanta Braves 10, Miami Marlins 8 (F/11) (box)
This game was 6-5 entering the ninth inning. Madness ensued. Mike Aviles played second base.
If two last place teams play a game in September but nobody watched, did it really happen?