The AL Wild Card race is a wild one indeed. With seven teams within three and a half games of the second spot, there could be a crazy scenario that MLB has not planned for: a five way tie. Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen go over that possibility and come up with a way for them to trim five competing teams down to just one.
They also talk about the Houston Astros and their escape from Hurricane Harvey, as well as a pair of players at different points in their careers mashing the crap out of the ball. Giancarlo Stanton is threatening 60 home runs, and a Philadelphia Phillies prospect named Rhys Hoskins is bashing balls out of the yard at a torrid pace.
Crowding the Plate Podcast Episode 60: the Wild AL Wild Card Race
Music in this Episode:
Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club
Break 1: “Stranger Than Fiction” by Bad Religion and a quote from The Natural.
Break 2: “The Future Freaks Me Out” and Aaron Judge hitting a home run.
Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.
Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.
Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.