The sprint is complete. Now, it’s time for chaos. 16 teams remain, and all of them will be playing in a three-game series to determine who advances to the Division Series. Even if you’re not a fan of this year’s format, wall-to-wall playoff baseball is something we haven’t experienced before, and we’ll get to this week.
The (1) Rays will be matched up with the (8) Toronto Blue Jays, with Blake Snell going up against Matt Shoemaker. We spent the first hour of this podcast under the assumption that Hyun-jin Ryu was going to be on the bump for Toronto, so we’ve got already got a lineup prediction for Game 2, which will be tomorrow afternoon.
There are plenty of questions to be answered in regard to the Rays roster for this series, which is yet to be announced. Should the Rays carry three catchers? An extra pitcher? A surprise appearance from Vidal Brujan or Wander Franco?
We spent the rest of the episode going through the rest of the bracket and predicting who will be the last man standing, and our answers might surprise you...