|Ender Inciarte - LF||Corey Dickerson - LF|
|Cliff Pennington - 2B||Josh Rutledge - SS|
|A.J. Pollock - CF||Michael Cuddyer - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - 1B||Wilin Rosario - C|
|David Peralta - RF||Drew Stubbs - CF|
|Jake Lamb - 3B||Brandon Barnes - RF|
|Tuffy Gosewisch - C||Rafael Ynoa - 3B|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Wade Miley - LHP||Christian Bergman - RHP|
The Rangers lost last night in Anaheim, so still have the edge on us in Tankapalooza 2014 by one half of a game. They have eight left to play, while we have seven. Once we're done in Denver, we go to Minnesota, then finish off the season at home to St. Louis, while Texas play their last seven at home, against the Astros and the slumping Athletics. Arizona owns the tie-breaker, but Texas do have that half-game edge with an extra W. Basically, they need to lose more than us the rest of the way, with an extra game to do it. And don't quite forget the Rockies yet, though if we lose today, they'll be three behind us and more or less out of it. But if we win, they're only one back.
Hey, it's the end of the season. We take these excitements where we can find them, especially in a season where one site reckoned our odds of making the playoffs sank below 1%, never to return, after the 9-0 loss to the Mets on April 15. Seems legit. Since then, it has been a long furrow to plow, though things like yesterday's four-K inning from Oliver Perez proves that, even in the darkness, there's always something cool to see and appreciate. Maybe Wade Miley will throw the team's third no-hitter this afternoon. That'd be nice. Though funnily enough, given the location, I don't think I'll be betting on it.