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On Deck: Potential NLCS preview

Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:24 pm
 
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By Matt Snyder

It's a light night of action in Major League Baseball, but there's still enough to keep us entertained. Keep your eyes on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard for all the action.

NL showdown: The best two teams in the National League -- at least in terms of record -- begin a four-game series Thursday night in Milwaukee. The Brewers have an 8 1/2 game lead in the NL Central while the Phillies are up 10 1/2 in the East. With the season ending in less than three weeks, suffice it to say that playoff seeding is starting to come into play. The Brewers hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Diamondbacks for the No. 2 seed and certainly don't want to have to deal with the Phillies' starting pitching in a five-game series (since the Braves are the likely Wild Card and can't face a team from their own division, the three seed will get the Phillies in the NLDS). Thus, this series takes on huge importance for the Brewers. They are at home, where they're an MLB-best 50-19, so that helps. Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) gets the start for the Phillies while Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26) looks to end the Brewers' two-game losing streak. Phillies at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET.

Kennedy goes for 19: The Diamondbacks have opened up a seven-game lead in the NL West and look primed for a playoff berth. When in the playoff race, teams are bound to have players in the conversation for individual awards. One of the D-Backs' chances lies in the NL Cy Young race with ace Ian Kennedy (18-4, 2.96). It will be tough for Kennedy to win the award over the much more recognizable Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee or Clayton Kershaw, so he needs to continue piling up those wins and hoping the old-school voters take note. Thursday night he has a great shot at No. 19, as the Diamondbacks host the offensively-challenged Padres. Cory Luebke (5-8, 3.29) gets the nod for the Padres. Padres at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m. ET.

Miller looks to bounce back: With Josh Beckett's injury, the Red Sox desperately need someone to step up and provide some kind of depth in the starting rotation behind Jon Lester. They've fallen to 2 1/2 games back in the AL East and if they lose any further ground they'll have to start worrying about holding onto the Wild Card (not yet, though). Andrew Miller (6-2, 5.27) will start for the Red Sox Thursday night. He had made two good starts in a row before being crushed by the Rangers last time out (6 ER in 1 1/3 innings). His counterpart Thursday is no slouch, either, as All-Star Ricky Romero (13-10, 2.97) takes the hill for the Jays. On the flip-side, Romero has been awful (11.42 ERA) in two starts against the Red Sox this season. Anything is possible. Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET.

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