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Settling the Score: Sunday’s results

Sep 23, 2013, 8:12 AM EDT

Norichika Aoki AP AP

With Craig out of town, we have a “Settling the Score” in place of the usual “And That Happened.” Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday.

The Cardinals have at least assured themselves a spot in the NL Wild Card game, but they still have a division to win. After falling 6-4 to the Brewers on Sunday night, they currently hold a two-game lead over the Pirates and Reds in the NL Central with six games remaining in the regular season. Here’s how things set up this week.

The Cardinals are still sitting pretty right now, as they will play their final six games at home. They’ll begin a three-game series against the Nationals tonight before facing the last-place Cubs this weekend. The Reds will also be at home for their final six games. They’ll start at three-game series against the Mets tonight before getting the Pirates this weekend. As opposed to the Cardinals and Reds, the Pirates will finish the season on the road. They’ll play the Cubs for three before going to Cincinnati.

Whoever finishes in second and third place in the NL Central will almost certainly face off in the Wild Card game one week from tomorrow (the Nationals’ elimination number is down to two), but nobody wants their season to come down to just one game. Here’s hoping for a fun and dramatic final week.

Your Sunday box scores:

Giants 2, Yankees 1

Astros 2, Indians 9

Mets 4, Phillies 3

White Sox 6, Tigers 3

Reds 11, Pirates 3

Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 5

Marlins 4, Nationals 2; Marlins 4, Nationals 5

Orioles 1, Rays 3

Braves 5, Cubs 2

Rangers 0, Royals 4 (10 innings)

Dodgers 1, Padres 0

Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 9

Mariners 3, Angels 2

Twins 7, Athletics 11

Cardinals 4, Brewers 6

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Where is Johnny? I want to see his summary.

    • cur68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Still no Johnny and his Faux-Craig ATH? Man. That’s some unreliability right there. He’s perfect for this gig. As we all know, you can’t trust a blogger to get up before noon. Craig’s been doing it wrong for years.

      Anyhow, in Johnny (and Craig’s absence) I’ll have go at it in a totally ham-fisted, homer-eque, East Coast Biased (because that’s where my team is) fashion.

      BRACE YOURSELVES, FOLKS!

      Giants 2, Yankees 1: Hahahahahah! Suck it, Empire!

      Astros 2, Indians 9: Huh. Whatever. Lemme know when the Indians play a non AA team and I’ll write something more pithy about it. er….sorry Stex

      Mets 4, Phillies 3: sigh. Went to see the Phillies play this season. In Philly, too. They got swept by The Braves. Now it looks like even The Mets are beating them. Man. They sure could use Lenny Dyksra now, eh?

      White Sox 6, Tigers 3: Wow. The ChiSox beat someone? Way to go, boys. I can only imagine what Ozzie Guillen would have to say right now……

      Reds 11, Pirates 3: That Dang Dusty Baker!

      Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 5: /sobbing

      Marlins 4, Nationals 2; Marlins 4, Nationals 5: Is this a typo? The Feesh couldn’t sweep the Nats? I’d have thought Feesh Steenk would be more powerful than Nattitude. Instead, its a wash. Live and learn.

      Orioles 1, Rays 3: Magic Carpets Victorious! In other news, Wil Meyers cut his hair, went 0-14 and finally got some hits yesterday and the day before. The lesson, chid-ren? Don’t mess with the streak!

      Braves 5, Cubs 2: Jason Heyward is 1/7 with 2 runs, a 1B, a BB and 3K’s since coming back from that broken jaw. Not bad. And hey! They beat the Cubs, too. Fancy that.

      Rangers 0, Royals 4 (10 innings): C’mon Royals….don’t break my heart. Again.

      Dodgers 1, Padres 0: The only news here is that it wasn’t 10-0.

      Diamondbacks 13, Rockies 9: Looks like ha altitude and thin air really helped those D-Back bats. Man. I’d hate to be a pitcher in Colorado.

      Mariners 3, Angels 2: Only 4 innings out of King Felix, but Larry Bernandez put up 10 SO’s before sitting down for fear of bee sting (I guess).

      Twins 7, Athletics 11: All HAIL THE GREAT & POWERFUL BEANE!

      Cardinals 4, Brewers 6: A trifle unexpected, but the Brewers win. Even WITH there pitcher attempting to hit balls in a game situation. Such madness is unsustainable.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Well done!

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        The Feesh couldn’t sweep the Nats? I’d have thought Feesh Steenk would be more powerful than Nattitude. Instead, its a wash. Live and learn.

        I’m quite certain Feesh Steenk won’t come off no matter how many times you wash. Nattitude? Not sure. Check back next spring.

      • nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Wait… what? The Jays are on the east coast? That’s typical Western Canada geographic myopia right there. I’M on the friggin’ east coast and Toronto is 1200 or so klicks to the WEST of me. T.O. ain’t even on the east coast of Lake Ontario.

        East coast… jeez!

      • cur68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Well they’re East of ME. And since I’m writing this, its ALL about me.

      • nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        Otherwise, great summary, Cur. I especially liked the reasoned, thoughtful insight into the Giants – Yankees game.

      • cur68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Thanks. Don’t wanna understate these things or appear less than fair and balanced . . . that’s a FOX News, “Fair & Balanced” I’m using, in case you din’t notice.

      • APBA Guy - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        “Excellent. Fine use of capitalization.”

        – The G & P Beane

    • johnnysoda - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Unfortunately, I had school today, and as such couldn’t get my And That Happened in for today. I also didn’t expect Craig to be out today.

      Don’t worry, though, I’ll probably be back for Friday’s results.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Obviously, school comes first. We appreciate your effort Johnny.

      • cur68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Your grammar and punctuation is better than mine, too. School’s not being wasted on you. Cheers.

  2. umrguy42 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    As a Cards fan, I *hate* Sunday Cards-Brewers games – the Cards can *never* seem to pull off a sweep.

  3. number42is1 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    “With Craig out of town”

    is that code for hungover?

    • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Missing person alert! Blogger has left the basement!

      • ptfu - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        How did Craig escape the fortified compound without anyone noticing?

      • nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        His “Braves bathrobe” was actually an invisibility cloak.

  4. natstowngreg - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    The Nats beat the Fish 3 of 4. Unfortunately, they needed to win 4 of 4. Neither the Braves nor the NL Central leaders have cooperated by collapsing. Thus, the Nats are left with the task of delaying the Cards’ celebration. No doubt, with the well wishes of many in Western Pennsylvania and Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky (and wherever else in the world Pirates and Reds fans can be found).

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Well, at least the Feesh’s long tradition of not stationing a third baseman at third base left the Gnats staring into the abyss rather than tumbling into it head first. Chris Coghlan looked like he’d been using Charlie Chaplin as a fielding coach yesterday. I don’t know whether that was a case of Scrooge McLoria using Coghlan for some light amusement or punishing him for secretly resenting Tino Martinez.

  5. sdelmonte - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    I hear a rumor that the Mets played a game yesterday while everyone was either watching Mo and Andy retire or seeing the single worst game the football Giants have played in my lifetime. Sweeping the Phils doesn’t count for very much right now, but I like that the Mets haven’t stopped trying and that the rotation continues to hold together without Wheeler or Harvey.

    There are some bemoaning that late wins will make the Mets’ first round pick unprotected in the event of free agent signings. But I would rather see them finish well and in third place, and worry about free agents later. (I don’t see them making much of a splash anyway.)

  6. historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    This is our last week of regular season baseball, people.

    As an aside, I wish they could lock the posts so that if you haven’t made comments on here in the past 2 months, you can’t weigh in on the post-season. Ahh, well.

    Yesterday’s game was painful, but I’m glad we didn’t get blanked. It stinks to lose your last game of the season at home, but there will be post-season play, so it’s not *so* bad…I just hope it doesn’t take much longer to clinch.

    • cur68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      What? But that would prevent your new Steeler’s Fan Buddy, and recent convert to your team as a rooting interest, from saying how great “His Boys” are. You’d be sad.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        I’m pretty sure he’s one of you cake-ists. Smells like it.

      • jwbiii - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

        I don’t think Steeler’s fans are very happy today.

    • dluxxx - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      I’ve been “clinching” for months. Or is that “wincing”? I can never remember.

      Damn Twins…

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        Don’t be like the Sox this weekend now. Lay down and take it. We want the title already. Thanks.

      • dluxxx - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        You know they’ll probably screw up their draft position and sweep just to be assholes.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        That’s a whole other level of pessimism there, my friend.

      • dluxxx - Sep 23, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        I’ve had a lot of practive this season. I love my team, but I’m certainly feeling a little passive/aggressive towards them right about now.

    • unclemosesgreen - Sep 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I bet you also used to love that band before everyone else got all into them and now they’re too damn big to play Cain’s Ballroom.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        The Cain’s is awesome. I’ve seen some really great stuff there. Don’t hate.

        I really hate when non-baseball fans want to chime in on the playoffs.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Yeah yeah – good Christians hate the X-Mas mass rush too.

        So I guess that makes you arbiter of who is and who ain’t really a fan?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        I don’t care if they watch, but why do they have to come here and pretend they know everything? I don’t want that guy who can’t stay loyal to the Pirates on my bandwagon. He’s a jerk with a PFT handle. Ewww.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

        I haven’t been reading much lately because words get all swimmy so I can’t comment on that. Just wanted to bust your stones on the ‘hipper than thou’ act. :)

      • historiophiliac - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        I’m not hip and I’m not snobby. Lately, there’s been a lot of unfamiliar handles leaving comments that indicate they don’t really know much about the Tigers but think they know better than Leyland though.

      • unclemosesgreen - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        I’ll take your word on all of it.

  7. APBA Guy - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    The A’s clinched yesterday, in front of a raucous crowd that was treated to the post ASG HR happy A’s offense doing what it’s been doing for the past two months. Now the A’s will tune up for the playoffs, in which, according to the G & P Beane, winning is “just f***ing luck.” A’s fans can expect to see the starters going 5 and much relief in the form of Scribner, Neshek, Otero, Chavez, et al.

    The A’s need to keep their offense sharp, so expect the regulars to play, well, regularly, but take a day here and there. Especially with the A’s remaining games on the road, Melvin will be auditioning players for the playoff rosters, mainly pitchers, but there is probably debate between carrying a 25th man as a reliever or a 3rd catcher, for instance.

    • dluxxx - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I saw some pictures of the visitors dugout this weekend. Believe it or not, it looked about the same when my Twinkies were in it. Lots of sewage going on there.

  8. nbjays - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Looks like the Thumbs Down Fairy is also warming up in preparation for the postseason.

    • Old Gator - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      That’s just our resident Artificial Stupidity playing with his keyboard while he waits for the Aleve to kick in after he gave himself a headache working with the arithmetic flashcards his ninth grade special ed teacher sent home with him. Or maybe he just gave himself a little blood poisoning while writing the sums on the undersides of his arms before his next pop quiz. Whatever. No harm done, unless you think making himself look like even more of a jerk represents “harm.”

  9. jwbiii - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    
    Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
    TBR*   87.4    90.1   1 Bal, 3 @NYY, 3 @Tor
    Cle*   80.2    78.2   2 ChW, 4 @Min
    Tex    29.9    35.0   3 Hou, 4 LAA
    KCR     1.4     1.5   3 @Sea, 4 @ChW
    NYY     0.9     0.4   3 TBR, 3 @Hou
    Bal     0.1     0.2   1 @TBR, 3 Tor, 3 Bos
    
    WsN     0.2     0.2   3 @StL, 3 @Ari

    Yesterday’s action leave the Rays and Indians in very good shape in the AL. All of the other contenders better start winning streaks now. The Yankees, Orioles, and Nationals in particular have unfavorable schedules for this.

    Elimination news: The Nationals have a tragic number of 2; the Orioles are at 3.

    *Holds wild card berth

  10. unclemosesgreen - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Manny Machado hurt his knee so bad I almost threw up watching. Bad luck – he’s done for a long time.

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