It’s been a rough season for the Blue Jays, and much of that is due to their horrific start. They’ve mostly recovered, but that mostly bit is key: On Thursday, for the ninth time this season, the Blue Jays attempted to reach the .500 mark. For the ninth time, they failed miserably trying to get their head above water.
Florida had a hell of a go at it in the Gators’ Gainesville super regional against Wake Forest, who hung around to force a rubber match Game 3 this past Monday. Rain fouled up the entire weekend in Gainesville, with the result that all three of that site’s games experienced weather delays. Even so, both games on Monday combined to provide some impressive offense from both clubs, including a dramatic two-run walkoff homer that won Wake Forest its first ever super regional game in program history.
The format of the first round in Omaha reverts back to that of the round of 64, with the eight remaining teams separated into two groups of four for a double elimination mini-bracket. Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, LSU and Florida State make up one half of the bracket, while Florida, Louisville, Texas A&M and TCU are in the other. On paper, the Beavers have the easiest path to the final weekend, though LSU presents a formidable challenge.
The two teams left standing after the double elimination round will then face off in the CWS finals in a best of three series beginning on June 26. Game 3 of that tilt will be at 8 p.m. ET on June 28.
Strasburg is pitching solely from the stretch this season, in hopes that simplified mechanics will result in fewer DL stints and fewer missed starts in potentially iconic matchups. Wednesday’s matinee will likely go off without a hitch. Kershaw doesn’t have much to prove to anyone ever, but especially not in regards to the Nationals. The Nats, though, have won just once with Stras on the mound, one of two decisions for the second ace.