Saturday, September 29, 2018

#161 - Toronto Blue Jays (73-87) at Tampa Bay Rays (88-72)

The Gibby Lean will be missed.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 6:10 pm
Trop's House of Horrors | Tampa, FL

Ryan Borucki (4-5, 3.76, 1.31) vs. Blake Snell (21-5, 1.90, 0.96)


The penultimate game of the season is here and essentially the final game for John Gibbons as Blue Jays manager as Russ Martin will handle the duties in tomorrow's finale.

The pitching matchup, again, should be a fun one with budding rotation fixture Ryan Borucki taking on Blake Snell as the latter looks to lock up the Cy Young award.  Snell has won nine consecutive starts with a 1.03 ERA in that span - pretty much the ultimate definition of taking control of his fate for the Cy Young.


Sad note:  Today will be David Wright's final game before being forced to retire because of spinal stenosis, which has no prognosis for improvement as it is a degenerative condition.  This was a Hall of Fame career in the making before injures hit him hard starting at age 30.  He'll get an at-bat or two in today's game and then take the field before presumably being replaced mid-inning so he can go out with an ovation.

NL Playoff Update:
Rockies lead Dodgers by 1
Cubs lead Brewers by 1
Dodgers have home field if Rockies/Dodgers tie
Cubs have home field if Brewers/Cubs tie
Cards 2 behind - must win out and the Dodgers lose out to force a tiebreaker

If you have an Athletic subcription, this is an interesting read on a true MLB original, Hunter Pence:  "That's how you play this game"
And here's another one on Chase Utley, who is retiring after this weekend:  Tales of a Phillies life and legacy


This is your "Win it for Gibby, snap Snell's streak" game thread.