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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Sep 8, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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There is a mere 1.5-game separation between the three teams at the top of the NL Central standings.

Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was at it again on Saturday afternoon, entering as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 10th inning and scoring the game-winning run as Cincinnati downed the Dodgers 4-3. Hamilton stole his fourth base in four chances to put himself in scoring position and crossed the plate for the third time as a major leaguer. He has yet to take an at-bat but has already been a difference-maker.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals happily welcomed the return of the real Adam Wainwright, who fought past his recent struggles and delivered seven shutout innings against the Pirates in an eventual 5-0 victory.

The win vaulted the Cards ahead of the Bucs for first place in the division.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

White Sox 3, Orioles 4 (10 innings)

Red Sox 13, Yankees 9

Dodgers 3, Reds 4 (10 innings)

Astros 1, Athletics 2

Brewers 5, Cubs 3

Mets 4, Indians 9

Braves 5, Phillies 6

Tigers 3, Royals 4

Blue Jays 11, Twins 2

Nationals 9, Marlins 2

Pirates 0, Cardinals 5

Rockies 1, Padres 2

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1

Rangers 3, Angels 8

Rays 2, Mariners 6

  1. jwbiii - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    TBR    50.1    57.0
    Cle    44.9    32.5
    Bal    10.1    17.2
    NYY     9.7     5.2
    KCR     1.4     1.5
    
    WsN     1.0     0.5
    Ari     0.4     0.3

    Format change. With the Rays losing in earnest, and more importantly, in Oakland, Anaheim, and Seattle, horse racing style odds just aren’t a sharp enough tool. Now I’m using percentages.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    The NL Central race is certainly exciting with 3 worthy teams involved; however I want to look at the AL Wild Card race. The Rays are faltering. The Yankees are being hammered by the Red Sox. I do not trust Baltimore’s pitching. The Indians appear to be in the drivers seat They have by far the easiest schedule. After today’s game with the Mets, the Indians play the Twins 4 times, the White Sox 4 times, the Astros 4 times and the Royals 6 times. I can see them winning about 13 or 14 of those 19 games.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    The Red Sox and the Angels are the hottest teams in the AL. They have both won 12 of their last 15 games. The Jays have won 9 of their last 12. The White Sox have lost their last 9 games. The Twins have won 5 of their last 14. The White Sox and Twins surrendered when they let go of Rios and Morneau respectively. Advantage Cleveland!

  4. bankboy2012 - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Big thanks to Freddy Garcia for finally not disappointing Phillies fans.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      I’m sure if Craig were around he would wonder for the umpteenth time about teams not using their closers on the road in the 9th. then again the Braves don’t really need to play to win anymore this season until October.

      • paperlions - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Home field in the playoffs can be pretty important. They are only 2 games up on LA, 3.5 up on StL, and 4 up on Pitt.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        Can be, but not really; Phillies in 2010, 2011 and Nationals in 2012 had home field advantage all the way. So while helpful I do not particularly think it is all that important, it’s more important to have a good rotation and balanced lineup and a shutdown bullpen.

  5. historiophiliac - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    What did I say? The Royals are like Verlander’s kryptonite. Even in his good years, they just seem to edge us out when he’s starting. Have we faced better pitching and won? Yes. Have they clobbered us offensively? No. Most of our games are close. I don’t know what it is but why, why, why do we have to struggle with the freaking Royals???? Urgh. And, we have them again next week. Hopefully, it’s better at home. Sheesh, V.

    • Old Gator - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      ‘Cause these ain’t your daddy’s Royals no more. They’re still a year or two away but you can see what’s coming – a perennial first or second playoff round contender that can’t quite make it over the big hump because of budget issues.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        I guess that means you’re on the Royal hump watch.

      • Old Gator - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        Yes, I spit my last breath at thee, from Hell’s heart I stab at thee….

      • historiophiliac - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        In that case…

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I wish I could sympathize with you, but…goddamn, the Red Sox are HOT.

      H. O. T. HOT!

      • historiophiliac - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        2011

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Hey now. Ha.

      • indaburg - Sep 8, 2013 at 6:56 PM

        I keep waiting for them to come back down to earth, but damn. You’re right, they’re hot, and they’re not going anywhere. I thought people were underestimating them in 2013, but no one can tell me they were expecting this.

  6. thomas844 - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    I really hope Hamilton ends up on the playoff roster. Even without stepping into the batter’s box or putting on a mitt, he has made a huge impact and was a major factor in two crucial victories over the Cards and Dodgers. He really knows how to get into the heads of his opponent’s; he had Yadi rushing his throws and Ellis fumbled the ball yesterday without even getting a throw off.

    • jwbiii - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      There is a precedent for that. The ’70s A’s kept a professional baserunner on their playoff rosters, either Allan Lewis or Herb Washington.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lewisal01.shtml
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/washihe01.shtml

      • Old Gator - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        Designated runners, as it were.

      • thomas844 - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Yeah, it truly is amazing how much of a difference speed makes in this game.

    • spudchukar - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      You can’t steal first.

      • thomas844 - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        True, but in late game situations where the game is tight (which is certainly going to happen in the playoffs), having Hamilton run for Ludwick, Paul, or Heisey can make a difference, because, rather than giving up an out to bunt a guy to second, Hamilton can steal second and be bunted to third, setting up a sac fly or something of that sort.

        The 1-0 win against the Cardinals and yesterday’s 4-3 win against the Dodgers already proved that Hamilton can make a big difference without even batting! I’m not sure anyone on the Reds other than Hamilton would have been able to score that winning run at home with Puig making the throw.

      • jwbiii - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Yeah, but you can pinch run for a guy who runs like a filing cabinet but is good at getting on first.

  7. bleedgreen - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Jonathan Papelbon just knows how to WIN. Look at his record!

  8. historiophiliac - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I do believe if SF loses today, there will be an eliminated team in every division now.

    • jwbiii - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Not quite. The Astros and Marlins are out. The White Sox are out with a Rays win or a Sox loss. The Cubs are out with both a Reds win and a Cubs loss. It would be fitting to have them both bow out on the same day. It’s been a lousy season here in Chicago, hence my recent focus on teams which have a chance, no matter how slim. Next out are likely the Brewers and then the Giants and Mets. It will be a while before the Blue Jays are eliminated; they’re playing quite well lately.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Hmmm, MLB must be a little E-happy then.

      • jwbiii - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        It seems your source is looking at division titles rather than wild cards. A win by the Dodgers or a loss by the Giants would have them out of the NL West. The Blue Jays also have a tragic number of one in the AL East. Both are still mathematically alive, if barely, for wildcards.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    My Birds are starting to show some life. After leaving a ridiculous amount of men on base, they finally stepped up in the 10th for a very welcome come from behind victory. It felt a little like last year.

  10. APBA Guy - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Another very close game between the A’s and Astros, with the A’s doing it on two HR’s and a surprisingly good start (ie long) from Straily. Both Straily and Astros starter Oberholtzer were throwing a ton of breaking stuff in the zone, which neither side could square up that often. The difference came down to teh A’s put two out while the Astro’s bounced theirs off the walls for doubles. Both sides had ridiculously bad running mistakes early: Villar challenging Cespede’s arm (out at second) and Suzuki fumbling around 3rd after a hold sign by 3rd base coach Gallego (out at the plate.) Last game of the season between these two teams today. Hard to believe there are only 20 games left.

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