What you should watch in the postseason race today: Can Cano and Cruz stay hot for the M's?
Seattle Marinersâ Nelson Cruz, right, and Robinson Cano celebrate Cruz's two-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Minneapolis. Robinson scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
With only two days left in the season, every game has the potential to alter the postseason picture. As we enter the final days of the stretch run, we'll spotlight the biggest moments that we know you won't want to miss.
A's at Mariners - 9:10 pm ET
After dispatching the A's, 5-1, on Friday night, the Mariners head into the regular season's final two days with hope very much alive. They sit a half-game behind the Tigers and one full game behind the Blue Jays for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
Two big reasons the M's are still in the thick of things and primed for a potentially dramatic weekend in the Pacific Northwest are the bats of Nelson Cruz and Robinson Canó. After collecting two more on Friday, the pair has combined for 78 homers on the season -- the most from any two Mariners teammates since A-Rod and Edgar in 2000. Cano has hit five in his past five games (and has 38 overall in 2016, five more than his 2012 career-high of 33) while Cruz has swatted 42 himself. If Cano winds up with 40 after Sunday, he and Cruz will become the first pair of M's to go 40/40 since Ken Griffey Jr. and A-Rod in 1999.
Standing in Seattle's way is promising young right-hander Jharel Cotton, who has not yet faced the Mariners but logged 25 innings and four starts for Oakland since the club acquired him in July from the Dodgers. He's held hitters to a .159/.187/.284 line in his four outings and would no doubt love to finish his season with a strong effort against the postseason-hungry Mariners. Their 221 homers are a franchise high since moving to Safeco Field, and they'll be looking to keep the power show in full effect on Saturday night against a tough rookie.
Will they hit some more and stay alive in the Wild Card chase against a promising young hurler in the A's rotation? Tune in and find out on MLB.TV, now only $3.99 for the remainder of the season, to find out.