It's gonna be a baaaaad day to be a Badger.
Good for them to win today, but what a disaster to lose 2 of 3 at home.
If scores hold, they should end the evening 1.5 back of the A's for the first wildcard spot, 0.5 back of the Rays for the second wildcard spot, and 4.5 out in the division with roughly 2 weeks left to play.
Can we repeat the FAU first quarter cover?
I view it pretty simply. Any player should know that going into the stands on the road is asking for trouble. However, at the same time, the fans don't have a right to harm or negatively influence (dump beer on) the player, regardless of what he does. The fan was a sore loser and did something he shouldn't have, and there's no place for that at a sporting event, period.
The players deserve more protection everywhere they go - they're people too.
Heading into tonight's games:
Tribe 1.5 back of the A's for the 2nd wildcard spot, 2.5 back of the Rays for the 2st wildcard spot, and 5.5 back in the division.
This Colorado-Nebraska game just became extremely interesting.
At the time of this writing:
0.5 back of the A's for the 2nd wildcard spot, 5.5 back of the Twins for the division.
Rays split their double header with the Orioles today. Tribe losing 6-5 in the 8th against the Chi Sox, and the Twins are beating the Bo Sox 6-4 in the 7th.
Another tough night for Cleveland baseball, it appears. Need a rally here.
At the time of this writing (with a game still to play tonight), Cleveland is now 6 games back of the Twins. Also 1 back of the Rays for the first wildcard spot and only 0.5 up on the A's for the 2nd wildcard spot. Since it feels as though the Tribe is competing with all 3 of those teams right now (though realistically it feels as though the division may have slipped away, depending on how the next two week go), I will use all of their schedules to compare to the Indians for the sake of this post.
A's - vs. Angels (3), vs. Tigers (3), @ Astros (4), @ Rangers (3), vs. Royals (3), OFF, vs. Rangers (3), OFF, @ Angels (2), @ Mariners (4)
Rays - vs. Orioles (1), OFF, vs. Blue Jays (4), @ Rangers (3), @ Angels (3), OFF, @ Dodgers (2), OFF, vs. Red Sox (4), vs. Yankees (2), OFF, @ Blue Jays (3)
Twins - vs. Red Sox (3), vs. Indians (3), OFF, vs. Nationals (3), @ Indians (3), vs. White Sox (3), vs. Royals (4), OFF, @ Tigers (3), @ Royals (3)
Indians - vs. White Sox (4), @ Twins (3), @ Angels (3), OFF, vs. Twins (3), OFF, vs. Tigers (3), vs. Phillies (3), OFF, @ White Sox (3), @ Nationals (3)
Time is running out.
I'll be at 4 BGSU home games this year.
Had some wildcard luck this weekend, but still 3.5 back of the Twins after a loss this afternoon.
After an off day tomorrow, it's 3 with the Tigers. Need a sweep to keep the pace. The Twins have 3 with the White Sox, the A's have 4 with the Royals, and the Rays have 3 with the Astros.
If Houston can take care of business and win 2/3, the Indians will have a chance to put the nail in Tampa's coffin this weekend. Still a lot of ball left to play!
What a packed schedule.
Going to be very important to win all the big home games. Cincinnati, Villanova, TTUN, Wisconsin, Indiana, Purdue. Going 5-1 or 4-2 in those games will be massive.
Following last night's results:
If the playoffs started today, the Indians would be on the outside looking in, as they lost while the A's and Rays both won.
Still a month left to fight, and some "gimme" games against the Royals and Tigers are up on the docket. But I think it's absolutely imperative to go on a 5 or 6 game tear right now to keep the pace.
3.5 back in the division, 0.5 back of both wildcard spots.
All good. I appreciate the help regardless, Knar!
Right, I get that part. But I have to log into ESPN's app to watch the games using my cable provider, and I am still unable to watch ESPN3 games. I even have ESPN+ and pay $4.99 per month for it, but I still can't watch the games.
I'm not sure what else I can do. Lol. Any ideas?
We officially will not go 0-12 in 2022. I can guarantee it.
That's fair. I guess I just meant as far as fans managing their expectations.
Is there a free way to watch ESPN3 if my cable provider doesn't have ESPN3? Bowling Green has a few games I would like to catch on there.
Now 3 back of the Twins for the division and just 1.5 up on both the Rays and the A's for the 2 wildcard spots.
Should Cleveland start shifting their focus to fending those teams off or do they still keep our eyes on the prize of winning the division?
I'm intrigued to hear what the focus of fans is right now.
Just a fun exercise, amount of ranked teams by conference:
B1G - 7
SEC - 6
PAC 12 - 4
BIG XII - 3
ACC - 2
Interesting that Northwestern isn't ranked.
I feel that Ohio State’s schedule looks a little tougher than it did before, now that we know rankings.
vs. Cincinnati (RV)
@ #24 Nebraska
vs. #18 Michigan State
@ Northwestern (RV)
vs. #19 Wisconsin
vs. #15 Penn State
@ #7 Michigan
7/12 opponents receiving votes, with 5 of them actually being ranked. Things can change, but I think it's clear that this team will be tested throughout the year.
It's a little strange that this presser hasn't started yet. Day doesn't usually run a half hour behind.
AS OF SUN, 8/18/19 AT APPROX. 9:00AM:
Sitting 2.5 back of the Twins.
Cleveland's remaining schedule: @ Yankees, OFF, @ Mets (3), OFF, @ Tigers (3), @ Rays (3), vs. White Sox (4), @ Twins (3), @ Angels (3), OFF, vs. Twins (3), OFF, vs. Tigers (3), vs. Phillies (3), OFF, @ White Sox (3), @ Nationals (3)
Minnesota's remaining schedule: @ Rangers, vs. White Sox (3), OFF, vs. Tigers (3), OFF, @ White Sox (3), @ Tigers (4), @ Red Sox (3), vs. Indians (3), vs. Nationals (3), @ Indians (3), vs. White Sox (3), vs. Royals (4), OFF, @ Tigers (3), @ Royals (3)
Realistically, it's super tough to make a prediction. Both teams get the benefit of playing in the worst division in baseball (debatable, but definitely the one with the most bad teams), but that would seemingly give the advantage to the Twins with them already being 2.5 games up. The Tigers are the worst team in baseball, and while Cleveland gets to play them 6 more times, the Twins actually get 10 more games against them. To me, that's a huge disadvantage for Cleveland, and I honestly feel like that could be the difference in this race.
Won't be an easy chase, but is it ever? Looking forward to the stretch-run and October!
What position does "OR" play?