This week’s Reacts questions revolve around the playoffs, which are coming up soon. Am I the only one not thrilled that the MLB is still debating how the playoffs will look? You would think this stuff would have been figured out long ago.
This polling, of course, took place before the last two games against the Yankees.
The first question was about a ‘bubble’ for the playoffs. Not surprisingly, the majority voted that there should be a ‘bubble’. I guess there could be a debate about what a bubble would look like. With the playoffs taking place in Texas and California, if I’m a player I’m sure I’d want to stay in a bubble.
The question of whether families will be allowed into the bubble is a good one.
The second question is about 7-inning games and if a 7-inning no-hitter should count. Dave Stieb would like the 7-inning no-hitter to be retroactively counted. He would be in the Hall of Fame right now.
It is a tough question, cause baseball has decided that sometimes 7 innings is a full MLB game. If I’m a pitcher, and I throw a 7-inning no-hitter, I’m going to argue that ‘hey you decided that these are games I want it counted’. It would be pretty tough to say it is a real game in the standings, but not a real game for the record books.
Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen.
Most voters think it shouldn’t be a no-hitter:
The third question asked what ‘surprise team’ is the biggest postseason threat?’
Our Jays came last (and that was before the last two games). I think the Marlins will be scary in a three-game series, with Sixto Sanchez starting game one. The White Sox have been a very good team this year. I don’t think I’d want to be up against them in the first round.
And, of course, the Padres have Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado. Zach Davies and Dinelson Lamet make a pretty terrific top of the rotation. I might argue they aren’t really a ‘surprise’ team.
The Jays? Well, I’m not going to over-react to the last two games. I think the Jays are a different team with Ryu or Walker starting. And I’m hoping that Matt Shoemaker will be starting by the playoffs. After those three? Yeah, I’m worried, but we’ll jump off that bridge when we get there.
And we hit the Yankees when everything is rolling for them. The way this season works, a week from now they could be back in a slump.
The weekly question: “Are you confident with the direction of the Jays?” has us at 100% again. This was before the last two games.
I’m still happy with the direction of the team. I wasn’t expecting to win the World Series this year, but it looks like things are heading the right way. The team would be better with Shoemaker, Pearson, Romano and Tellez on the field.
Whatever happens this season, I’m not talking it too seriously, a full, real season will be a whole different thing.