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
Braves 21-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. nabbed his 30th stolen base of the season on Friday, becoming the second-youngest player in Major League history to produce at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a single season. Per MLB Stats, the only other player under 22 years old to pull off the feat is Mike Trout, who did so with 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases during his age-20 season in 2012.
Acuña’s triumphant moment came in the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Mets. He drew a six-pitch walk against righty reliever Seth Lugo, then waited for an opportune moment as Ozzie Albies stepped to the plate. Lugo fired a 93-m.p.h. fastball to Albies for ball no. 2, which was promptly returned to second base by catcher Wilson Ramos. The throw came in high, however; Amed Rosario had to jump to make the catch, allowing Acuña to slide safely into the bag and hit his career mark.
It’s been an eventful season for the All-Star outfielder, whose 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases helps pad a .294/.377/.536 batting line and 5.1 fWAR over 597 plate appearances. Through the first 11 innings of Friday’s contest, he went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.