13) St Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader in Chicago Saturday after not playing for 17 days; this is their first of three twinbills in five days. Redbirds are scheduled to play 32 games in September, which only has 30 days.
12) A’s 7, Giants 6— Oakland is 4th team in last 90 years to win consecutive games after trailing by 3+ runs in the 9th inning of both games:
A’s scored 15 runs in winning the last two nights; nine of those runs came in the 9th inning.
11) When the Giants blew a 7-2 lead in the 9th inning Friday night, then lost, it was the first time they lost a game they led by 5+ runs in the 9th inning since 1929. The loss ended a streak of 2,133 consecutive wins in that situation.
10) Astros 2, Mariners 1— Houston has now won 23 of its last 25 games vs Seattle.
9) Tampa Bay-Toronto game was suspended by weather in the 4th inning Saturday, will be completed today, before the regularly scheduled tilt.
8) New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Alvin Gentry, Sacramento Kings fired GM Vlade Divac. Once the playoffs start, the teams that don’t make begin placing blame, making changes.
7) Watching Portland beat Memphis in the play-in game Saturday, it occurred to me what a great advertisement the game was for mid-major college basketball.
Ja Morant— Murray State
Damian Lillard— Weber State
CJ McCollum— Lehigh
Morant played the last four games in Orlando with a broken thumb.
6) NBA first round playoff matchups, which start Monday:
5) Western Conference matchups:
4) Oklahoma Sooners brought their football team back to campus, but nine players tested positive for COVID.
7,000+ school kids have tested positive in Alabama; at some point, doesn’t it become obvious that home schooling is the way to go, until there is a vaccine?
3) Most of the Miami Marlins players who were sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak have been cleared by MLB for reinstatement, and they’re expected to begin rehabilitation workouts soon.
Miami is 9-5 and in first place in the NL East; will be some interesting decisions as to what players they keep on their 28-man roster.
2) Seems to me that some younger players are struggling with this shorter, very unusual baseball season; is it easier for more experienced players to adapt to unusual circunstances?
1) If the playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- New York, Baltimore
AL Central- Minnesota, Cleveland
AL West- Oakland, Texas
AL Wild Cards- Tampa Bay, Det/Hst
NL East- Miami, Atlanta
NL Central- Chicago, St Louis
NL West- Los Angeles, Colorado
NL Wild Cards- San Diego, Arizona