So there’s this baseball thing we all love about this, what, October?
Ah, yes. For the next week, or so, baseball stadiums.
Of course we’re thinking about October for the MLB playoffs here. But let’s also give thanks for spring training. Here’s what we think is coming this week.
Monday, Oct. 22
Game 1: Mets at Marlins, 6:35 p.m.
Last year this time, the two teams met for a winner-take-all wild-card game, and in the end it was the Mets who took it.
They’re on a high right now, but the Marlins are throwing RHP Edinson Volquez. Also on the Mets’ side are RHP Jacob deGrom, LHP Steven Matz and SS Wilmer Flores. On the Marlins’ side, HOFer Dan Uggla is looking to return from the DL.
Then the lines will start turning: the teams’ better pitchers get their starts and some of the big names who missed parts of the seasons will get back on the field.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Game 2: Rays at Yankees, 7:07 p.m.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius and righthander Luis Severino will get the call in Game 2 of this series at Yankee Stadium.
Mike Fiers (22-5) is going for the Rays, who are trying to avoid an 0-2 hole in the series. Coming off the DL after spraining his ankle, righthander Danny Duffy is slated to start for Kansas City against Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, who hasn’t thrown in two months due to elbow surgery.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Game 3: Yankees at Rays, 6:35 p.m.
Back at Yankee Stadium for this series, and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will take the mound in Game 3, and the game is slated to be played under the lights. The game will be a true pitchers’ duel, with RHP Nathan Eovaldi making his postseason debut against RHP Drew Smyly.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Game 4: Rays at Yankees, 1:07 p.m.
Another starting pitcher who missed the majority of the season is Chris Archer, who is scheduled to face Yankees counterpart Sabathia.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Game 5: Yankees at Rays, 6:07 p.m.
Dewey Beach is about a 1-hour-and-27-minute bus ride from the Tampa Bay Tropicana Field. ESPN will broadcast this game, so you’ll be able to see the wild-card winner get ready for the ALDS against the Indians.
Monday, Oct. 29
Game 6: Yankees at Rays, 6:07 p.m.
At the Trop, Yankee pitcher Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball. This is the game it’s all going to come down to, and if the Yankees end up winning, it’ll probably be Tanaka that starts Game 7.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Game 7: Yankees at Rays, 5:07 p.m.
Next stop: Cleveland.