Two dominating pitching performances wrapped up both 2015 Wild Card games in tight little bows, setting the tone for a postseason which will be primarily about the men on the mound.
American League Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel tossed six innings of three-hit ball in the Houston Astros‘ 3-0 shutout over the New York Yankees, while National League Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta suffocated the Pittsburgh Pirates with 11K’s over nine, putting the ‘Stros and Cubbies into Round 2 (the Division Series).
Houston now has 19-game winner Collin McHugh set for Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals (who have the weakest staff of the remaining playoff teams). Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have another two pitchers with under-4.00 ERAs (Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks) prepped as they get ready for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards have five starters with double-digit wins – all of whom have ERAs of 3.38 or less!
But, the pitching match up of the early postseason is unquestionably that of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ staff against the New York Mets‘. The Dodgers will have the two best hurlers in all of baseball today – Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke – pittted against the Mets’ young-gun trifecta of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey.
Buckle up for some nail-biters.
Let’s take a look at today’s list, then.
The one-game Wild Card Round has been around for four years now – and checking out the results, one thing stands out immediately. Home-field advantage doesn’t exist. Six of the eight games so far have been won by the away team.
No team has yet to win more than one Wild Card game and only one team has even appeared in more than one. The Pirates have made the NL’s WCG as the home team the past three seasons. Hey Bucs, it’s time to win the division.
One more very notable note: You think the Wild Card teams have no shot at winning the World Series? Not true. Just remember 2014, when both WC winners made it to the Fall Classic, and the San Francisco Giants won it all in seven.Follow @VinGetz
|2015||Houston Astros||3||NEW YORK YANKEES||0||TBD|
|2014||KANSAS CITY ROYALS||9||Oakland A’s||8||12 inn.||Lost World Series 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)|
|2013||Tampa Bay Rays||4||CLEVELAND INDIANS||0||Lost ALDS 3-1 (Boston Red Sox)|
|2012||Baltimore Orioles||5||TEXAS RANGERS||1||Lost ALDS 3-2 (New York Yankees)|
|2015||Chicago Cubs||4||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||0||TBD|
|2014||San Francisco Giants||8||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||0||Won World Series 4-3 (Kansas City Royals)|
|2013||PITTSBURGH PIRATES||6||Cincinnati Reds||2||Lost NLDS 3-2 (St. Louis Cardinals)|
|2012||St. Louis Cardinals||6||ATLANTA BRAVES||3||Lost NLCS 4-3 (San Francisco Giants)|
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|1969||IV||Kansas City Chiefs||2nd in AFL West||Minnesota Vikings|
|1980||XV||Oakland Raiders||AFC Wild Card||Philadelphia Eagles|
|1997||XXXII||Denver Broncos||AFC Wild Card||Green Bay Packers|
|2000||XXXV||Baltimore Ravens||AFC Wild Card||New York Giants|
|2005||XL||Pittsburgh Steelers||AFC Wild Card||Seattle Seahawks|
|2007||XLII||New York Giants||NFC Wild Card||New England Patriots|
|2010||XLV||Green Bay Packers||NFC Wild Card||Pittsburgh Steelers|
Wow. What a finish to the baseball season yesterday. Everyone’s talking about it, some say the biggest night in baseball history.
The Tampa Bay Rays and St. Louis Cardinals are in the playoffs following two of the biggest collapses (simultaneously mind you) in baseball history by the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves. I can’t believe it myself.
The Rays and Cards enter the postseason as the wild card of each’s repective league. Here’s a list of every wild card winner since the playoff system was instituted in 1995 – a year after baseball went on strike and there were no playoffs at all.
The Boston Red Sox have won the most wild cards – 7.
1995 – New York Yankees
1996 – Baltimore Orioles
1997 – New York Yankees
1998 – Boston Red Sox
1999 – Boston Red Sox
2000 – Seattle Mariners
2001 – Oakland A’s
2002 – Anaheim Angels (won World Series)
2003 – Boston Red Sox
2004 – Boston Red Sox (won World Series)
2005 – Boston Red Sox
2006 – Detroit Tigers (lost World Series)
2007 – New York Yankees
2008 – Boston Red Sox
2009 – Boston Red Sox
2010 – New York Yankees
2011 – Tampa Bay Rays
1995 – Colorado Rockies
1996 – Los Angeles Dodgers
1997 – Florida Marlins (won World Series)
1998 – Chicago Cubs
1999 – New York Mets
2000 – New York Mets (lost World Series)
2001 – St. Louis Cardinals
2002 – San Francisco Giants (lost World Series)
2003 – Florida Marlins (won World Series)
2004 – Houston Astros
2005 – Houston Astros (lost World Series)
2006 – Los Angeles Dodgers
2007 – Colorado Rockies (lost World Series)
2008 – Milwaukee Brewers
2009 – Colorado Rockies
2010 – Atlanta Braves
2011 – St. Louis Cardinals