We sure spent a lot of time getting worked up for an 80-loss team whose starting rotation boasted an ERA worsted by only the lowly Colorado Rockies and Oakland Athletics, didn’t we?
Anyway, while the Cincinnati Reds play golf during the first week of their offseason, the MLB Playoffs begin in earnest this afternoon. ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan has a handy, pocket-sized tweet about today’s action, so I’ll embed that here for your perusal:
The next 72 hours are some of the best on the baseball calendar. Today:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 3, 2023
Rangers at Rays, 3p, ABC (Montgomery vs. Glasnow)
Blue Jays at Twins, 4:30p, ESPN (Gausman vs. Lopez)
D-backs at Brewers, 7p, ESPN2 (Pfaadt vs. Burnes)
Marlins at Phillies, 8p, ESPN (Luzardo vs. Wheeler)
Frankly, I was hoping we’d get a matchup of former Reds in the Toronto/Minnesota game with Kevin Gausman sharing the bump with Sonny Gray, but it appears that’s not going to happen. Speaking of those two, MLB.com’s Mike Petriello has them finishing 2nd and 3rd in the American League Cy Young Award race (even though he doesn’t have a vote on said award this year):
I don't have awards votes this year, but they're due today, and if I did, they'd look like this. A few thoughts..— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 3, 2023
NL MVP: Betts had a great case when he led Acuña in OPS/WAR a few weeks back, but when that went away, so did his best argument
AL MVP: 3-5 basically tied
Ah, starting pitching. Must be nice!
Enjoy the full day of baseball, folks.