Ready for two playoff games before the playoffs?
There would be two playoff games before the playoffs in the wildcard races remain the same for just one more day.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros 13-6 Tuesday, catching up to the Atlanta Braves who fell to the Phillies 7-1. They are now tied, and should they remain tied, they would face each other in a one-game playoff Thursday in St. Louis at 8:07pm.
The AL wildcard tiebreaker would be played four hours earlier at Tampa Bay, provided the Rays and Sox can’t settle the matter tonight.
The Rays took the lead against the Yankees in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game off of Matt Joyce’s three-run home run, which would be the decisive runs in a 5-3 victory. The Red Sox had to sweat until the last swing before finally shaking off the Orioles 8-7.
Boston has gone 7-19 in September, and Tuesday was not any easier. Papelbon needed 28 pitches and all of his resources to close out the game, after allowing one Oriole to score and having the tying run at second base.
The Rays will go with ace left-hander David Price tonight. The Braves will also have their ace on the mound in Tim Hudson, but he may need a bit more support than his fellow starters have received in the last two games, when the Phillies held Atlanta hitters to a total of three runs. He’ll be facing the Phillies’ Joe Blanton.
The Braves have lost 12 of 17 since September 6th when they held an 8 ½ game lead for the wildcard. Now tied, the Cardinals will face a team with the worst record and the Braves play the one with the best.