Ask Yankee as well as Mets’ fans whom they would like to see in the wild card games, our guess is most would chooses these match-ups: Orioles vs. Blue Jays in the AL game, Cardinals-Giants in the NL. We see an eastern bias at play in a probable preference for Baltimore-Toronto, fair-mindedness the basis for the choice of Cards-SF in place of the Mets against either. MLB-TV panelists, quoted here awhile ago, gave the NL card to the Cards because of Yadi Molina, Adam Wainwright and, most of all, “pedigree.” We agree, and see the Giants as equally deserving because of (most recently) their World Series titles in three of the last five post-seasons. The Mets are at least as patched-up as their two post-season-striving opponents. And minus their once-proud (and healthy) pitching, they surely have less chance to get far into the playoffs if they somehow make it beyond the win-or-go-home test.
So, that settles the Baseball side of the pre-playoffs prediction game, What did we learn from last night’s pre-presidential political playoff? Here’s what we caught on the fly: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said at game’s end that Hillary Clinton had “thrown a shut-out” over Donald Trump. Not quite, as we saw it: she pitched well on the need for gun safety and the need to lessen inequality through raising taxes on the wealthy. But she backed away from her apparent non-support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal and, displaying her hawkish cred, cheered Nato’s – that is, George W. Bush’s – intervention in Afghanistan. She also talked repeatedly of unelaborated “plans” and “programs” ready in her on-deck circle. Her opponent stepped away from his affection for Vladimir Putin but came on strong for business tax cuts to help rally the country after “disastrous” Obama years. The would-be GOP Skipper’s constant sniffling indicated he wasn’t prepared to take the field.
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Wild Card Outlook after Last Night: Tigers and Mariners two games behind Orioles for AL’s second wild card (Toronto holds first) entering season/s last week; Giants a half, Cardinals one-and-a-half behind Mets in the NL.
Streakers: Red Sox + 11, Dodgers + 5
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