MLB Recap 9/14/13

Saturday created seperation in the baseball playoff race [Saturday MLB Recap]

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Blog Photo - MLB Recap 9/14/13The AL Wild Card race has been impossibly tight, but Saturday brought some clarity. It's looking more and more than a three team battle for the two spots. However, the biggest Cinderella in the race showed that they're not going to give up.

Kansas City 1, Detroit 0 This one was a pitcher's duel between Ervin Santana and Doug Fister. In the 9th though, it looked like Omar Infante had hit the game tying double to score Prince Fielder. Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, and Salvador Perez had other ideas.

 

Oakland 1, Texas 0 Another tough loss for the Rangers. Yu Darvish was great, striking out 10 in 7 innings. He gave up just the one run in the first inning. Unfortunately, Bartolo Colon shut the Rangers out for 8 innings, striking out 7. The A's lead in the West increases to 5.5 games.

Boston 5, N.Y. Yankees 1 CC Sabathia's struggles continue with no end in sight, giving up 5 runs in 6 innings. Jon Lester was plenty good. Tonight's matchup is Nova vs. Buchholz and is now a must-win for the Yankees.

Toronto 4, Baltimore 3 Chris Tillman was having a fine outing, but one mistake pitch to Colby Rasmus was blasted for a 2 run homer that gave Toronto the lead. The Orioles could do nothing else on offense, and as you will see, are in big trouble.

Cleveland 8, Chicago White Sox 1 A 5 run 4th inning pretty much ended this one given the ineptitude of the Chicago lineup.

Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 0 Matt Moore only threw three innings due to a rain delay. No matter. The Rays bullpen combined with Moore to give up just 4 hits and 4 walks (3 of which were Moore's).

With that, here the Wild Card standings. The fourth column is each team's Playoff Odds per Baseball Prospectus.
 
Texas 81-66 - 69.4%
Tampa Bay 81-66 - 78.6%
Cleveland 80-68 1.5 37.7%
N.Y. Yankees 79-70 3 6.9%
Kansas City 78-70 3.5 4.6%
Baltimore 78-70 3.5 3.0%

As you can see, it's not looking good for the Yankees, Royals, and Orioles (*sob*). Barring a miracle, it's likely a race between Texas, Tampa, and Cleveland for the two spots. The Rangers have lost all their wiggle room. Their spot is very much in jeopardy after being comfortably no worse than the Wild Card game host just a week ago.

Pittsburgh 2, Chicago Cubs 1 A 6th inning homer by Jose Tabata tied it, and a Marlon Byrd homer in the 7th eventually won it for the Pirates.

Seattle 4, St. Louis 1 James Paxton (6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) beat Michael Wacha (5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) in a battle of semi-intriguing prospects. With these results, the NL Central is tied once again. Here's how it looks.
 
Pittsburgh 86-62 -
St. Louis 86-62 -
Cincinnati 84-65 2.5

Cincinnati 7, Milwaukee 3 The Reds scored two in the 1st and 2nd, and thus never trailed in the game. Also, Joey Votto reminded everyone he's good at hitting homers.

 

Philadelphia 5, Washington 4 The Phillies tagged Gio Gonzalez for 4 runs in the 5th and held on from there even after the Nats had first and second in the 9th. I said yesterday that the Nationals weren't quite out of it yet, but they had no margin for error. This loss plus the Reds wins puts them 5.5 back and likely officially out of it for good.

San Francisco 19, L.A. Dodgers 3 It's not a game that affected the races (the Dodgers lead the West by 11.5), but damn, look at all those runs. Brandon Belt went 5-for-6 with 4 runs and 6 RBIs. Hunter Pence had 7 RBIs. Ricky Nolasco gave up 7 runs (5 earned) and only recorded 4 outs.

The Rest of the Games

Miami 3, N.Y. Mets 0 (Game 1)
N.Y. Mets 3, Miami 1 (Game 2)
Atlanta 2, San Diego 1
L.A. Angels 6, Houston 2
Arizona 9, Colorado 2
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