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Wild Card Watch: September 27th
- Updated: September 28, 2016
With every team in action on Tuesday night, the Wild Card picture in both the American League and the National League became a bit more clear.
Ok so maybe not.
Five teams are in the running for the two Wild Card spots in the American League separated by just 2.5 games. The National League only has three for their Wild Card spots but the race is much tighter with just one game separating them. The object is easy for the teams in the hunt. Just win.
Houston 8, Seattle 4
At the close of business Tuesday night, Houston sits just 2.5 games out of the final spot. What makes this match up intriguing is Seattle is sitting in front of Houston by a half game. This is a do-or-die, win or you go home series for both teams. The Astros got the better of the Mariners last night thanks to a six-run sixth inning, and a bullpen that stopped any threat Seattle had. The next game in the series is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Houston. James Paxton goes for Seattle against Houston’s Doug Fister.
Detroit 12, Cleveland 0
The Indians have already clinched the AL Central and the Tigers are closing in on the final Wild Card spot. After the win last night, the Tigers got within one game of that spot. Sure the offense for the Tigers was good, but the pitching performance from Justin Verlander was better. Verlander went 7.2 innings allowing four hits while striking out 12. As usual, Miguel Cabrera had a great night going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and five driven in. I should add that he hit his 35th home run as well in the rout. The series continues on Wednesday night with Michael Fulmer going for the Tigers, while Cleveland will march out Zach McAllister.
Toronto 5, Baltimore 1
It amazes me how each of the teams vying for the Wild Card spots in the American League are all playing each other. Makes for some great games. The Blue Jays padded their lead for the top Wild Card spot beating division rival Baltimore who is also holding on for dear life. Aaron Sanchez started for the Jays and his dominance over the O’s continues as he stayed unbeaten. Former AL MVP Josh Donaldson hit his 37th home run of the season in the first inning off Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman. Only three Orioles would reach base after the sixth inning thanks to a solid performance by Toronto’s bullpen. The Wild Card showdown continues Wednesday night with Chris Tillman on the bump for Baltimore against Francisco Liriano for the Blue Jays.
Mets 12, Marlins 1
With things sort of returning to normal in Miami, the Mets trounced the Marlins to stay in the top Wild Card spot in the National League by just one game. Noah Syndergaard made a start after being scratched from his last one with strep throat. He dominated the Marlins going six strong striking out eight. Yoenis Cespedes hit a ball that has yet to land for his 31st of the season, and slumping Jay Bruce added to the scoring with his 31st. They lock up again tonight at Marlins Park. The patch-work Mets rotation has Seth Lugo going and he is set to face Jose Urena for Miami.
Giants 12, Rockies 3
Trying to send a message that they aren’t going anywhere, the Giants made light work of the Rockies Tuesday hammering them 12-3. The win puts them one game in front of St. Louis for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. Matt Moore picked up the win for San Fran and both Buster Posey and Hunter Pence homered in the game, sending a message to the other two teams that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. The Giants and Rockies are back at it again Wednesday as the Giants try to keep the streak of even year title chances alive. Jeff Samardzija for the Giants against Tyler Chatwood.
Cardinals 12, Red 5
The Cardinals didn’t want to be left out in the 12-run games, so they had one of their own. Trying to keep pace with the other two teams is tough work. St. Louis had Adam Wainwright going for them who doesn’t look like the one we are used to seeing. He allowed all of the runs the Reds scored but was picked up by the bats and the bullpen. Aledmys Diaz made his first start since returning from Miami after the death of Jose Fernandez, and he made his presence felt. Diaz hit a grand slam in the fourth inning Reds starter Robert Stephenson which put the Cardinals out front. Mike Leake tries to keep the Cards in the hunt as they face the Reds again with Anthony DeSclafani on the mound.
It is most likely literally going to go down to the final games this weekend. Stay tuned!
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