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On Deck: Wild cards only races left

Posted on: September 24, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: September 24, 2011 11:32 am
 
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By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Rain, rain, go away: Friday night's game between the Yankees and Red Sox was rained out and will hopefully be made up on Sunday. The rain is supposed to subside by game time, so let's hope there's baseball in the Bronx on Saturday. Friday's scheduled starters, Freddy Garcia for the Yankees and Jon Lester for the Red Sox, will start on Saturday. Lester is 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA in nine career starts against the Yankees in New York, including 2-0 with a 5.25 ERA in two starts at Yankee Stadium this season. Garcia hasn't won since Aug. 29, going 0-1 with a 10.95 ERA in his last three starts, even though the one game he picked up the L in was the best of those three starts, allowing three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Red Sox at Yankees, 4:10 p.m. ET

Kyle LohseNow or never: After Friday night's loss to the Cubs and the Braves' victory over the Nationals, St. Louis' elimination number is down to three, meaning any combination of Cardinals losses and Braves wins in the final five games gives Atlanta the wild card. A loss on Saturday could end just about any hope for the Cardinals to finish off their run to the playoffs. Kyle Lohse is charged with keeping those hopes alive. In addition to his team's need for a victory, Lohse is one win shy of matching his career-high for wins, 15 set in 2008. Lohse (14-8, 3.47 ERA) has won his last three decisions and is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in his last four starts. The Cardinals also welcome back left fielder Matt Holliday, who has missed more than a week with a right hand injury. Cubs at Cardinals, 1:10 p.m. ET

Brandon BeachyJust Beachy: Braves rookie Brandon Beachy is 7-2 on the season, but the team has dropped each of his last three starts. Beachy has 18 strikeouts over his last two starts, but also eight earned runs in just 9 2/3 innings. Beachy beat the Nationals on Aug. 3, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in five innings of a 6-4 Braves victory. Last time out, Washington's Chien-Ming Wang went 6 2/3 innings against the Marlins, his longest outing since 2008. Wang is 3-3 with a 4.31 ERA. Braves at Nationals, 1:05 p.m. ET

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On Deck: Wild cards only races left

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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:54 pm
 

On Deck: Wild cards only races left

It's supposed to be relatively dry in the Bronx today, but it's supposed to rain all day Sunday.  So I'm guessing MLB scheduled the double-header for Sunday to accommodate Fox, TBS or their own network.  That's tremendously crappy, especially since there's already only one off-day between the regular season and the playoffs, and one or more tie-breaker games may need to be played.


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