Tag:playoff race
Posted on: September 18, 2011 6:58 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Playoff Race: Big D-Backs win Sunday

By Matt Snyder

The Giants crushed the Rockies Sunday for their eighth consecutive victory, but the Diamondbacks held serve. The D-Backs 5-1 win broke a three-game losing streak and kept the NL West lead at five games with nine to play. That feels pretty insurmountable, but the Giants and D-Backs do have a three-game series coming up this week. The Giants have to sweep it or they will not win the division. Period. And even then it's a tall order (think: A two-game deficit with six to play).

Let's break it down.

Arizona Diamondbacks
88-65
Remaining schedule: 3 vs. PIT, 3 vs. SF, 3 vs. LAD
Coolstandings.com chances of winning NL West: 97.1 percent

San Francisco Giants
83-70, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 @ LAD, 3 @ ARI, 3 vs. COL
Coolstandings.com chances of winning NL West: 2.9 percent

Again, it's pretty far-fetched, but if the Giants get a three-game sweep over Arizona, there's a chance. The bottom line is that the Diamondbacks' victory Sunday was huge. They now get to close the season with a nine-game homestand, in which they'll likely get to celebrate the NL West title at some point.

As for the Giants' chances in the Wild Card, click here to check it out.

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Posted on: September 18, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Playoff Race: Red Sox Wild Card lead shrinking

By Matt Snyder

The series that could have virtually locked up a playoff berth for the Red Sox ended up bringing the Rays to within two games. After being swept by the Rays last weekend, the Red Sox dropped three of four to Tampa Bay at home and now cling to a slim lead in the Wild Card. Meanwhile, the Angels are within four games as well, so it's become a three-team race to a certain extent -- though the Angels would need a lot of help with just 10 games remaining.

Let's break it down.

Boston Red Sox
87-65
Remaining schedule: 4 vs. BAL, 3 @ NYY, 3 @ BAL
Coolstandings.com chances of winning Wild Card: 81.9 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
85-67, 2 GB
Remaining schedule: 4 @ NYY, 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
Coolstandings.com chances of winning Wild Card: 8 percent

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
83-69, 4 GB
Remaining schedule: 4 @ TOR, 3 vs. OAK, 3 vs. TEX
Coolstandings.com chances of winning Wild Card: 1.4 percent

On the surface, it would appear the Rays have easily the toughest road, but those last three games against the Yankees may not be as tough as they seem. It's entirely plausible the Yankees have nothing to play for, considering they have more than a three-game lead for the best record in the AL. Then you shift your focus to the Red Sox playing seven games against the hapless Orioles. Only the O's haven't been so hapless lately. Within the past two weeks, the Orioles have won consecutive games against the Yankees and taken two of three from both the Rays and Angels.

So, yes, the Red Sox still have the best shot at making the postseason from this group, but it's not a slam dunk. Remember, those computer odds don't factor in momentum or injuries.

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:43 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Playoff race: Angels falling behind

Ervin Santana

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Angels' slim hopes of a playoff appearance took a major hit on Saturday, with Los Angeles losing its second game in Baltimore and Texas beating Seattle to give the Rangers a 4.5-game lead in the American League West.

Los Angeles has now lost four of its last six in what was supposed to be the easy part of its schedule. Starter Ervin Santana gave up two homers in a five-run first for the Orioles and the team got shut down by Zach Britton, who allowed just three hits and a run in seven innings.

Texas rallied from an early three-run deficit, as Josh Hamilton had four hits and drove in three while hitting his first daytime home run of the season.

Texas Rangers
87-65
Remaining schedule: 1 @ SEA, 3 @ OAK, 3 vs. SEA, 3 @ LAA
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 96.1 percent

Los Angeles Angels
82-69, 4.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 @ BAL, 4 @ TOR, 3 v. OAK, 3 v. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 3.9 percent

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 10:35 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 12:09 am
 

Playoff race: Phils win East, help Braves



By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

The Braves were officially eliminated from the National League East race and they couldn't be happier about it.

There was no way Atlanta was going to catch the Phillies in the East, but a Braves win over the Mets coupled with the Phillies' victory over the Cardinals put the Braves' wild card lead at 4.5 games, with 10 games to go. Philadelphia clinched the National League East with a 9-2 victory over the Cardinals, their fifth straight division title.

Losing five of their last seven, any win -- be it 1-0 or 11-0 -- was a welcome site for the Braves. 

It wasn't easy for Atlanta on Saturday, as Tim Hudson and New York's R.A. Dickey locked into a fantastic pitchers' duel, allowing just seven hits between them. Hudson allowed four, but struck out 10 and had noted Mets killer Chipper Jones on his side. Jones' two-out single in the eighth brought in the game's only run and rookie closer Craig Kimbrel recorded his 45th save, striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth.

In Philadelphia, the Phillies used a six-run eighth inning -- capped by a Raul Ibanez grand slam -- to pull away from the Cardinals, who still have to face Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay before leaving Philadelphia.

Atlanta Braves
87-65
Remaining schedule: 1 vs. NYM, 3 @ FLA, 3 @ WAS, 3 vs. PHI
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 95.4 percent

St. Louis Cardinals
82-68, 4.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ PHI, 3 vs. NYM, 3 vs. CHC, 3 @ HOU
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 3.2 percent

San Francisco Giants
82-70, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ COL, 3 @ LAD, 3 @ARI, 3 vs. COL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 1.1 percent

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Playoff race: Rays take another from Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tampa Bay won't sweep in Boston, but they could win three of four against the Red Sox and head to New York just two games behind the current American League wild card leaders. With Saturday's 4-3 victory over Boston, the Rays moved to within three games of the Red Sox with a seeming mismatch of David Price against Tim Wakefield on tap for Sunday.

Ben Zobrist's two-run homer in the first set the ton for the Rays, who were able to get to Red Sox starter Jon Lester for four runs on five hits in seven innings.

Jeff Niemann lasted just five innings for the Rays, but gave up only two runs, while rookie Matt Moore -- in just his second big-league appearance -- went three big innings in relief, allowing a run on two hits. Moore, manager Joe Maddon told CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler, may just be the Rays' "wild card" in the wild card race.

Tampa Bay finishes its four-game series in Boston on Sunday before heading to New York for four more games against the Yankees. It should be noted, the Yankees' lead over the Red Sox is just 4.5 games, so things could get interesting in that race as well, if the Rays continue to play tormentor against the AL East powers.

The Angels' already slim chances seemed to be dashed with another loss in Baltimore

Boston Red Sox
87-64
Remaining schedule: 1 vs. TB, 4 vs. BAL, 3 @ NYY, 3 @ BAL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 85.8 percent 

Tampa Bay Rays
84-67, 3 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 @ BOS, 4 @ NYY, 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 5.1 percent 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
82-69, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 1 @ BAL, 4 @ TOR, 3 vs. OAK, 3 vs. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 0.6 percent

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Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:16 am
 

Playoff race: Angels can't gain ground



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Ranger starter Tommy Hunter helped out his old mates, throwing seven shutout innings in an 8-3 Orioles victory over the Angels, keeping the status quo in the American League West as the Rangers fell 4-0 to the Mariners in Seattle. The Rangers still lead the division by you games.

While Hunter was silencing the Angels' bats, Texas native Blake Beavan shut down the Rangers, throwing eight shutout innings on just four hits, striking out three with no walks. Beavan was the Rangers' first-round pick in 2007, but was traded to Seattle as part of the deal that sent Cliff Lee to Texas last season. The Mariners scored three unearned runs off of Texas starter C.J. Wilson in the third inning before Casper Wells homered in the seventh inning for Seattle.

In Baltimore, the Angels' Dan Haren struggled, allowing seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in five innings, with Mark Reynolds taking him deep in the fifth inning. Haren is now 6-6 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts on the road this season and 9-3 with a 2.45 ERA in Anaheim.

Texas Rangers
86-65
Remaining schedule: 2 @ SEA, 3 @ OAK, 3 vs. SEA, 3 @ LAA
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 91.3 percent

Los Angeles Angels
82-68, 3.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ BAL, 4 @ TOR, 3 v. OAK, 3 v. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of division title: 8.7 percent

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:25 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Playoff race: Cardinals gaining ground



By C. Trent Rosecrans

While most of the hype has surrounded the wild card race in the American League, the race to become the National League's fourth playoff team has gotten pretty interesting, too.

The Mets pounded Atlanta's Derek Lowe, lighting him up for six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings in an 11-2 victory for New York.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals overcame a potentially devastating error by Corey Patterson that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Phillies 4-2 in Philadelphia in 11 innings, pulling St. Louis to within 3.5 games of the Braves.

Atlanta Braves
86-65
Remaining schedule: 2 vs. NYM, 3 @ FLA, 3 @ WAS, 3 vs. PHI
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 89.9 percent

St. Louis Cardinals
82-68, 3.5 GB
Remaining schedule: 3 @ PHI, 3 vs. NYM, 3 vs. CHC, 3 @ HOU
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 8.1 percent

San Francisco Giants
81-70, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ COL, 3 @ LAD, 3 @ARI, 3 vs. COL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 1.7 percent

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:55 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Playoff race: Beckett, Red Sox top Rays

Josh Beckett

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh Beckett wasn't great, but he was good enough, as the Red Sox took Game 2 of the series with the Rays, 4-3. With the loss, Tampa Bay can't leave Boston any closer than two games out of the wild card race before heading to New York for four games with the Yankees.

Making his first start since suffering a sprained ankle on Sept. 5, Beckett went six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, striking out seven and walking one.

It was a much-needed win for the Red Sox, who had lost six straight to the Rays since beating them Aug. 16.

Meanwhile, the Angels' hopes of a a wild card berth took a series shot with an 8-3 drubbing in Baltimore.

Boston Red Sox
87-63
Remaining schedule: 2 vs. TB, 4 vs. BAL, 3 @ NYY, 3 @ BAL
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 80.6 percent

Tampa Bay Rays
83-67, 4 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ BOS, 4 @ NYY, 3 vs. TOR, 3 vs. NYY
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 3.1 percent 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
82-68, 5 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ BAL, 4 @ TOR, 3 vs. OAK, 3 vs. TEX
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 1 percent

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