Game 115, Rays at Mariners
Sonnanstine vs Felix, 7:10 pm.
Happy Felix Day!
I love Felix (obviously), but let’s put the cards on the table; I’m rooting for Tampa Bay all weekend. I won’t be sad if the M’s win, obviously, but my preference would be a sweep by the Rays. Postseason baseball will just be so much more fun if it’s Evan Longoria, Scott Kazmir, and James Shields playing the vaunted underdog role with either Boston or New York sitting at home during October.
Tampa Bay is, right now, the most fun team in baseball. They’ve got a crazy amount of youth, they’re winning for the first time ever, and they’re doing it with a new breed front office that understands how to put a team together. This is their 1995, just without the absurd comeback. They won yesterday with a 6 run ninth inning capped off by Carlos Pena’s walk off bomb.
Baseball needs Tampa Bay in the playoffs. I’m rooting for anything that helps them get there, and if that means the M’s go 0 for 4 this weekend, so be it.