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Baseball is happening somewhere

Atlanta Braves v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

No Braves baseball today, but baseball is still happening.

I would definitely like to take this time to smirk at the fact that MLB expanded the playoffs, and yet the AL playoff picture is basically still entirely set with like 10-15 games to go. Task failed successfully, Manfred & Co., I guess.

If they really expand the playoffs, it won’t even make the playoff races interesting, because teams will still tank since that’s not purely a (future) competitive measure. So yeah, expanding the playoffs is idiotic, in one season, in multiple seasons, whenever. Sigh.

Anyway, the Cardinals are in action tonight (at Pittsburgh), while the Phillies host the Mets. The Marlins already lost to the Red Sox, and the Dodgers tangle with the Rockies late.