They almost screwed that up with Gray, who looked entirely broken last season. His velocity was down, his homers allowed went through the roof, and he looked like … well …
Sonny Gray right now looks like Tim Lincecum when he started losing it. Four great pitches like the old allstar and then one godawful pitch.
The A’s original plan was probably to trade him last offseason, and then baseball took their wallet. All they could do is wait and wait and wait for him to get better.
He got better. While he’s not the burgeoning Cy Young contender he once was, not yet, he’s still a well above-average pitcher who won’t be a free agent until after the 2019 season. He’ll be cheap until then, too. Teams are lining up the prospects again, and a Jose Quintana comp for a possible return isn’t too far-fetched.
That’s true about everything. But baseball, too.
There are 10 teams in the American League that are currently within three games of a postseason berth. There are 13 of them within six games. The A’s and White Sox are probably out of the race. Everything else is at least negotiable.
Four-Club Tie for One Wild Card Spot: After Clubs have been assigned their A, B, C and D designations, Club A would host Club B and Club C would host Club D. The winners of each of Cheap Jerseys America those games would then meet, hosted by the winner of the game between Club A and Club B, to determine the Wild Card Club.
Got that? There would be a playoff game to see who goes to the playoff game to see who goes to the playoff game to see who makes the playoffs. Except there are six teams within three Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses games of that final wild card spot. What are the official tiebreaker rules in that instance?