If you’re planning on bandwagoning Team Entropy this October, now is the time to get on board. Sunday’s slate will determine whether or not multiple tie-breakers will be scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, since any postponed games that have bearing on playoff seeding will need to be played before the wild card games kick off on Wednesday.
In the National League, the Giants and Cardinals could force a tie-breaker if the Giants lose to the Dodgers and the Cardinals beat the Pirates, effectively tying their regular season records. Left-hander Matt Moore will take the hill for the Giants against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, in what will also be Vin Scully’s final hurrah in the broadcast booth. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will go with Adam Wainwright to close out the season against the Pirates’ veteran right-hander (and former Giant) Ryan Vogelsong.
Over in the American League, things are significantly more complicated, as both wild cards have yet to be claimed and the seeding among division winners isn’t fully set in stone. With Justin Verlander at the helm, the Tigers will play a must-win game against the Braves’ Julio Teheran if they want to remain in the wild card race come Monday. Even if Verlander turns out another Cy Young-worthy start, however, they’ll still need either the Blue Jays or Orioles to stumble in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
You can find more from Sunday’s action below.
Baltimore Orioles (Kevin Gausman) @ New York Yankees (Luis Cessa), 3:05 PM EDT
Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore), 3:05 PM EDT
Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 3:05 PM EDT
New York Mets (Gabriel Ynoa) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff), 3:05 PM EDT
Tampa Bay Rays (Chase Whitley) @ Texas Rangers (Martin Perez), 3:05 PM EDT
Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Boston Red Sox (David Price), 3:05 PM EDT
Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) @ Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran), 3:10 PM EDT
Milwaukee Brewers (Tyler Cravy) @ Colorado Rockies (German Marquez), 3:10 PM EDT
Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 3:10 PM EDT
Oakland Athletics (Sean Manea) @ Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez), 3:10 PM EDT
San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Matt Koch), 3:10 PM EDT
Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 3:15 PM EDT
Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 3:15 PM EDT
Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.
Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.
There are far worse bounceback candidates.