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Wild Card Watch: September 28th

There wasn’t much movement again on Wednesday night, which leads me to believe that teams will wait until Sunday (the final day of the regular season) to clinch and secure their Wild Card spots.

That is perfectly fine because it makes for great television.  There will be plenty of scoreboard watching around Major League Baseball on Thursday night when not all of the teams are in action.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Seattle 12, Houston 4

The Mariners took fate in their own hands by defeating a time that is chasing them down.  Seattle jumped out to an early lead, and chased Astros starter Doug Fister out of the game after just an inning and a third.  Fister allowed five of the Mariners 12 including a first inning three-run home run by Robinson Cano.  Houston climbed to within three runs but that is the closest they would get.  James Paxton had a decent outing which was just enough for the Mariners.  Seattle is 84-74 and is now within two games of the final Wild Card spot.  With the loss, the Astros are all but eliminated from postseason contention.  The Mariners are back home Thursday when they host the Oakland A’s.  Houston has an off day and they should know before they take the field Friday whether or not they still have a chance.  Ariel Miranda (5-2, 4.10) is scheduled to make the start for Seattle.

Detroit 6, Cleveland 3 (F/5 innings)

Miguel Cabrera hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning (which proved to be the game-winner due to rain) to give the Tigers a much needed win keeping them in the race for the final AL Wild Card spot.  The only part of this game that was a disappointment was the fact starter Michael Fulmer couldn’t get the six innings he needed to be considered for the ERA title in the American League.  I am sure though he doesn’t mind since his Tigers are still much in the race.  These two teams wrap up their series on Thursday.  Daniel Norris (3-2, 3.59) faces off against the Indians Ryan Merritt Thursday afternoon.

Baltimore 3, Toronto 2

The hero of the day for the Orioles was Hyun Soo Kim who hit a pinch-hit two-run home run on the ninth inning on Wedneday night.  The blast kept Baltimore’s Wild Card dreams alive for another day as they took down their division rival.  Baltimore got a decent outing from Chris Tillman but it was really the bullpen that kept them in it the whole time.  The Orioles relievers allowed just one walk in 3.3 innings which set the stage for Kim.  Both teams square off again on Thursday with Ubaldo Jimenez starting for the Orioles against the Jays’ Marcus Stroman.  Should be a real good one with the Wild Card spots on the line.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Mets 5, Marlins 2

The Mets inched ever so close to securing a spot in the postseason with their win against the Marlins on Wednesday.  The unlikely season savior Seth Lugo was on the hill again for the Mets and did what he has been doing since joining the rotation.  Lugo went 5.1 innings before being lifted for the sake of pitcher/batter matchup.  Jeurys Familia notched his 50th save of the season, and Jay Bruce kept his hot hitting streak going as the Mets increased their Wild Card lead to 1.5 games.  New York is off on Thursday, but head to Philadelphia for the final series of the regular season.

Rockies 2, Giants 0

The Giants picked the wrong time to have silent bats.  Luckily for them the team that is chasing them for the final spot didn’t do so well Wednesday either.  Tyler Chatwood was great for the Rockies going eight innings allowing no runs on three hits while adding nine strikeouts.  Jeff Samardzija was allowed both Rockie runs but otherwise was really good too.  He ended up with 11 strikeouts  but the two runs he let up proved to be too much.  The Giants finish up their series with the Rockies on Thursday night with hopes of their bats waking up.  Johnny Cueto gets the start for San Francisco, and he will face Jon Gray.

Reds 2, Cardinals 1

It appears as if both the Giants and Cardinals used up all their runs on Tuesday when they both scored 12 in their respective games.  Wednesday night was a different story for them both.  Adam Duvall has had a good season for the Reds, and his two-run single early on in the game was enough.  The Cardinals couldn’t solve Anthony DeSclafani at the most inopportune time.  With the loss the Cardinals keep pace with the Giants but fall a step farther from the Mets.  The Cardinals and Reds face each other for the final time on Thursday.  Dan Straily is on the mound for the Reds against the Cardinals Alex Reyes.

The games all matter at this point for the teams that are still standing.  Keep watching.

John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.