Dodgers, Giants, Mariners would have benefited most from 10-team playoffs

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CSN Chicago’s JJ Stankevitz worked it all out; if the new 10-team playoffs had been the standard since the wild card was introduced in 1995, the Dodgers, Giants and Mariners all would have reached the postseason an additional four times during the span.

The Red Sox, who made the postseason in nine of the 17 seasons anyway, would have been the AL’s second wild card in three of the remaining eight seasons.

For the Dodgers, it would have meant 10 postseason appearances instead of six. The Giants would have made it nine times. The Mariners’ postseason count would have doubled from four to eight.

Getting in an extra two times apiece would have been the Angels, Astros, Athletics, Indians, Padres and White Sox.

Stankevitz has the full rundown of what the playoff series would have looked like over at CSN Chicago.

Albert Pujols hit his 597th career home run

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Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.

Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.

Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.

Chris Sale’s streak of starts with at least 10 strikeouts ends

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.

After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.

Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.