Mother Nature simply isn’t cooperating with baseball today. A second game — the Red Sox vs. the Indians in Cleveland — was just postponed until tomorrow due to the cold and the wet.
I know a lot of people ask why they bother scheduling games in places like Cleveland and New York for Opening Day, but it’s not as simple as merely putting all of the games from the first week or two in domes or down south or out west. Opening Day is usually a guaranteed sellout, so the teams in the north and east want their crack at that too. It’s also the case that teams in better weather cities don’t want to host an inordinate number of games in April, as — Opening Day aside — you can usually count on better crowds in the summer months, and they’d be deprived of that if they got all the April games.
On balance, you get more good days than bad in places like Cleveland and the northeast during this week. It just so happens that this is a bad week. It happens.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.