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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Sep 14, 2013, 8:56 AM EST

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Things are getting very interesting in the NL Wild Card race. While the Reds lost to the Brewers last night, the Nationals beat the Phillies 6-1 for their seventh straight victory.

Ross Ohlendorf, who started in place of the scratched Stephen Strasburg, tossed five innings of one-run ball in the victory. Ryan Zimmerman homered for the ninth time in his last 11 games while Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 24 games. Only Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer has had a longer hitting streak (29 games) in MLB this season.

With the win, the surging Nationals find themselves 4.5 games back of the Reds for the second Wild Card spot with 15 games left to play. They are four back in the loss column.

Your Friday box scores:

Indians 3, White Sox 1

Cubs 5, Pirates 4

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3

Marlins 3, Mets 4

Royals 3, Tigers 6

Yankees 4, Red Sox 8

Padres 4, Braves 3

Athletics 9, Rangers 8

Reds 1, Brewers 5

Rays 3, Twins 0

Mariners 1, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)

Angels 7, Astros 9

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 5

Giants 4, Dodgers 2

  1. chill1184 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Am I the only one who wants to see a four way tie for the AL wild card?

    • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Nope. There are lots of sadists out there.

    • dan1111 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Dave Pinto of baseballmusings.com always follows possible massive tie scenarios as the season nears its end. According to him, there is currently a 0.0024 chance of a 4-way tie and a 0.00027 chance of a 5-way tie in the AL.

      It is definitely a niche hobby, but no, you aren’t the only one!

  2. Old Gator - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    And speaking of sadistic, or maybe masochistic is better (I forgot on which side to wear my key ring this morning), the Bucs are really starting to like like near misses with that horrifying loss to the Cubs, of all people, last night.

  3. delsj - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    What happened to the Phils/Nats?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      The Nationals won. It says so right in the introduction. There is also a link in the introduction.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Texas is having a rough time lately and have lost 4 in a row. The all important loss column is as follows: Texas 65, Tampa Bay 66, Cleveland 68, NYY, 69, Baltimore 69 and Kansas City 70. Cleveland has the easiest schedule.

  5. spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    This just in. St. Louis took over sole possession of the NL Central. Not that it matters or anything.

    • cincinata - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Spud:

      I still like the Pirates. Sorry to say, but even if your team wins 3 over Seattle, they still have to go to Colorado where they are usually toast. Then you have to close out with Chicago. Has anyone ever mentioned that the Cubbies play the birds very well? Good luck, but the Reds may be playing you in that W-C game. Or worse, you may have to play the Nat”s!

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        The Bucs have looked pretty bad the last few weeks, though. Uncertain, at best. I’m pulling for them too, just out of a residual affection for perennial underdogs, but last night’s loss to the Cubs was disheartening. You hit three home runs and take a lead like that against a bad team, you ought to be able to hold on to it if you really are a contender.

      • spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        And I still like the Cards chances. With the Buccos and Reds playing 6 of the last nine games, the schedule favors the Red Birds. Anything can happen, however the chances of the Nats making it is still less than 6%. They finish with 3 in St. Louis and 3 in Arizona, and still have a home series against the Braves.

        As stated, no predictions or guarantees, Baseball is way too quirky, but a wise betting man would probably lay bucks on the Cards not the Bucs.

      • spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        The Colorado Rockies are 84-89 lifetime versus the St. Louis Cardinals.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      This just in. The Yankee Old Timers team is only a half game out of fourth place in the AL East. Despite their age, injuries, assorted aches and bruises, it has been an impressive performance.

      • spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:36 AM

        A lot more meaningful game than the unlikely Nats and their WC chance.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Agreed.

    • jwbiii - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Of course it doesn’t really matter until the music stops, but it’s better to be the Cardinals at +1 with 15 to play than the Reds at -3.5 with 14 to play. The Nationals are finally playing well, but it looks a case of too little, too late unless one of the NL Central teams craters. The the fun in the last few weeks of the NL season is which NL Central team avoids the wild card play in game.

      • spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Absolutely. Plus the Best Record in the League is still up for grabs. Cards and Dodgers tied, and Braves ahead by 2 in the loss column.

        The Reds chances of winning the division are slim too. Even if they take 2 of 3 twice against the Pirates, and only lose 1 other game the Cards would only have to go 9-7 for a tie.

        Of course crazier things have happened, and has more become the norm.

      • jwbiii - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Of course crazier things have happened,

        which is why we love this stupid game.

      • spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Exactly, and by the way sorry about your dog. Always tough.

  6. cincinata - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Exactly right! What is he biggest problem is that they still have six games with the Reds. The Cubs hitting H-R’s in late innings to beat you, is not a good sign. Even if they split with the Red’s, it may hurt the rotation for the playoff’s, depending how hard they go to win these six games.

    • spudchukar - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Yesterday, I told the local Cincy fan that I hoped the Reds don’t fall far behind the Bucs, cause I want those last six games to be contentious. Which gave me another thought. If you were the Reds, and you know you might play the Cards, do you like your chances in a one-game play-off or a 5 game series?

      • cincinata - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Five games, because the Birds do not have 5 Wainwrights.

      • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Granted but since you guys have such a good record against Waino, it gives me pause.

      • spudchukar - Sep 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Good Point. Today I was pondering the upcoming play-offs, and I was considering all the play-off possibilities. Ideally I would prefer the Braves, but unless they totally collapse, that is unlikely.

        Next, the Reds, I guess, but I reminded myself to be careful what you wish for. However, Kershaw probably should be avoided, even if it is on home turf.

  7. jwbiii - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team   Cool   B-Pro
    TBR*   71.7    72.1
    Cle    26.6    28.4
    NYY     8.0    11.9
    Bal     3.4     5.4
    KCR     2.8     2.9
    
    WsN     3.0     5.5

    All chalk yesterday, at least for these teams. The Rays get a little more breathing room, the Yankees and Royals get a little less.

    Elimination news: The Twins are out. The Padres and Phillies have a tragic number of one.

    A sincere thank you to those who wished me condolences yesterday.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      jwbiii: remiss of me not to have responded to that sad news as well. It’s miserable to lose a pet – folks who don’t have a dog don’t appreciate how much of a family member they are. Sorry to hear about it.

      • moogro - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        “4 legs good, 2 legs horrible”

      • Old Gator - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Pre-toddlers are horrible too.

    • moogro - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Checking my earring, I’m definitely a sadist, at least on Saturdays and how I hold my handbag. That said, amazingly a voice in my head keeps wanting the Yankees to get in, even though I want all those other teams in more. This is a slippery slope folks: this wildcard business begats more desire for wildcardism, as a voice says, “Wouldn’t it be great to have just one more team in so the Royals can take a small bite of the post-season, even for only a few innings?” Then the superego says, “No, this is already kind of stupid, ignore the fun you are having, baseball is slowly turning into the NHL.” But with the Beantown Beards on full display, part of me thinks I could go for that.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Texas lost again today. If the Rays win they will be tied with Texas in the Wild Card race.

  8. jimeejohnson - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    MadBum Madison Bumgarner pitched as well as the Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and the Giants finally beat the Dodgers in L.A. Doesn’t matter though: Dodgers are almost guaranteed to win the division for the first time in years. Giants have suffered one of the biggest collapses of all time!

  9. APBA Guy - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Something was in the Texas air last night, a force field around the strike zone that had everyone losing command. Ugly, ugly game from a pitching perspective, especially the A relief of Oakland. Both Mr. Anderson and Ryan Cook failed to record an out while being charged with 2 earned runs each. Mr. Anderson also picked up another injury in his Magical Injury Tour that has lasted two seasons now. At least the A’s kept adding runs during the game to give them enough cushion to withstand the Ranger’s spirited comeback. Note also that Melvin did not bring in the erratic Balfour even with the game on the line in the 9th, sticking with Doolittle whose command was very good, seemingly alone among the A’s relief. El Capitan vs. Darvish today.

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