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What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

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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

Houston Astros (Brady Rodgers) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin), 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

Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson), 3:10 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

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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