As twenty teams prepare to pack it for the off-season, a few odds and ends for those still left in the battle for the World crown Series…
- The 2019 playoff picture is officially set. The Rays will head to Oakland for the AL Wild Card game on Wednesday, October 2 with a first pitch at 8:09 EST. Earlier this week, Ray Cash manager Kevin Cash appeared on MLB network radio, making comments indicating that Charlie Morton would pick up the ball on Wednesday for Tampa. Athletics had no official word on their own single-game stopper, but Billy Bean hinted at the San Francisco Chronicle that Sean Manai might have " inner track "to handle the possibility.
Nationals and The Brewers will battle on Tuesday at 8:08 pm EST in Washington, DC, for a place to play NL where Max Sherzer is expected to pick up the ball for nationals. Meanwhile, Tom Hadricort of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tells that Brandon Woodruff will be trusted by Craig Tip of the best Scherzer in the winner-move affair   ). Woodruff may not impose an impressive resume on Scherzer (nor does he have the rare genetic variation that endows him with transfixing, multi-colored eyes), but he looked the part of the front starter when healthy in 2019 with a 3.62 ERA (3.01 FIP ) in 121.2 innings this season.
- In Other Brewers News Related, Outfielder Ryan Brown Expects To Play This Tuesday Tilt Against DC Haudricort Also Passes This Outfielder Lorenzo Cain hope for the game ( link ). Brown deals with a calf problem while Cain has a sprained ankle. As noted here, the Brewers may be limited to Trent Grisham or Tyron Taylor at center if Cain really interfered to make it "underway" on Tuesday night.
- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has not yet announced the full cast of the NLDS, but he says Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles time is "feeling really good" on trust Rich Hill with potential obligations for Game 4 ( link ). Hill only activated from IL on September 24, but struck out five Padre strikes in just two submissions of the kind. As a first-round draft pick in the National League, the Dodgers will host the winner of the Nats-Brewers Wild Card game. The Dodgers will actually play at home throughout the postseason unless they face the Astros in the World Series – releasing the top 107-55 MLB record, Houston achieved home field advantage through the Fall Classic.