This was pretty much a no-brainer, and it’s a highly unlikely scenario with the Angels having lost three out of four, but just in case, MLB today announced what would happen in the event of a three-team tie in the AL wild card.
Thursday: Angels at Red Sox
Friday: Rays at first-game winner
The Rays had the pick of the litter. They could choose the one game Friday on the road or set themselves up to play two games at home. Figuring it’d be easier to win one game than two, they made the obvious choice. The Red Sox then had the second pick in the draw and made their choice to play the Angels at home. The winner of the Angels-Red Sox game would host the Rays the following day.
Anyway, it’s likely all for naught now. The Angels are three games out in the wild card, meaning their first loss or first Boston win puts them out of the running for a postseason spot.
The Red Sox are one game up on the Rays. If it’s a two-way playoff between those two teams, it’d be played in St. Pete on Thursday.
Also still to be determined in the AL is who will host the wild card winner. The Rangers are one game up on the Tigers for the two-seed and the right to avoid the Yankees.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.