So much for any Game No. 162 chaos in baseball: The
Neat and clean, no need for tiebreakers.
The postseason opens Tuesday night when the Orioles visit Toronto in the
“All we asked for is an opportunity, and right now, we have an opportunity,” center fielder
On Wednesday night,
"We found a way to get back to where we need to be," Bumgarner said after the Giants completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers. "If we play like we have been the last three days, we'll be tough to beat."
On Thursday, Cleveland plays host to Boston in the first game of a best-of-five AL division series and Texas opens at home in the other division series against the wild-card winner.
On Friday night, the Dodgers start an NL division series at Washington and Chicago plays host to the wild-card winner in the opener of the other division series.
Going into Game 162, Detroit and St. Louis each had a chance to reach the postseason, which would have raised the possibility of multi-team, multi-city tiebreakers.
"I would not have enjoyed the travel," Tigers Manager Brad Ausmus said, "but I would have relished traveling."
Manager Buck Showalter and Baltimore sealed their spot, winning at Yankee Stadium. When the Tigers lost, 1-0, at Atlanta, they were out and Toronto was back in for the second consecutive season.
Later, the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory at Boston meant they would host Baltimore.
The Giants’ win over the Dodgers eliminated the
The Giants have enjoyed a recent run of even-year success, winning the
The last time they reached the postseason, Bumgarner pitched a shutout at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game and went on to become the World Series most valuable player. So another cross-country flight to begin the playoffs was fine by them.