Giants grab final spot; matchups set
So much for any Game No. 162 chaos: The Giants, Blue Jays and Orioles grabbed the last three playoff spots Sunday, and the October matchups are set.
Neat and clean, no need for all sorts of tiebreakers.
The playoffs open Tuesday night when the Orioles face the Blue Jays in Toronto for the AL wild card.
On Wednesday night, aces duel as Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants against Noah Syndergaard and the Mets at Citi Field for the NL wild card.
“We found a way to get back to where we need to be,” Bumgarner said after a 7-1 win finished off a sweep at Dodger Stadium. “If we play like we have been the last three days, we’ll be tough to beat.”
On Thursday, the best-of-five AL Division Series begins: David Ortiz and Boston at Cleveland, and the wild-card winner at Texas.
“I guess I wish Ortiz would consider retiring early,” said Indians manager Terry Francona.
On Friday night, Clayton Kershaw starts Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington, and the NL wild card plays the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Going into Game 162, the Tigers and Cardinals also had a chance to reach the postseason but it wasn’t to be.
The Tigers lost to the Braves 1-0 and the Cardinals were eliminated when the Giants defeated the Dodgers 7-1.
Before Sunday, there was the possibility of multiple-team, multiple-city tiebreakers.
“I would not have enjoyed the travel,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said, “but I would have relished traveling.”
With All-Star catcher Buster Posey driving in three runs, the Giants finished off the Dodgers and eliminated the Cardinals.