Around the Wild Card Race: September 26 Edition

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News, results, and other notes from the NL Wild Card race from September 26, 2012.

News and notes from around the Wild Card race:

Looking at yesterday's results:

  • Mike Fiers descent continued on Tuesday, as he got roughed up again in a short 4 1/3 inning start. Milwaukee couldn't recover from that deficit and lost to Cincinnati 4-2. Kyle has the recap if you missed it. (Box Score)
  • The home run ball led Philadelphia to a big win over Washington. Two home runs staked them to four runs early, and they held on for a 6-3 win. (Box Score)
  • Atlanta took their division win in a dramatic way. They entered the ninth inning yesterday down 3-2, but Freddie Freeman hit a two-run home run to walk off and clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 win over Miami. (Box Score)
  • Pittsburgh built an early 7-3 lead off of New York starter Collin McHugh. The Mets rallied late with three runs off of Chris Resop, but it wasn't enough as the Pirates stayed alive with a 10-6 win. (Box Score)
  • St. Louis did their job against Houston, using a few small innings to account for their offense as they got a 4-0 win over Houston. (Box Score)
  • Behind a solid start from San Diego starter Edinson Volquez, the Padres hurt Los Angeles' chances by dealing them a tough 2-1 loss. They got an RBI double from A.J. Ellis late, but it wasn't enough as the Dodgers fell further behind. (Box Score)
  • Arizona kept their chances alive thanks to a five-RBi performance from Paul Goldschmidt. Tim Lincecum got roughed up for seven runs as his rough season continued, and the Diamondbacks stayed alive with a 7-2 win. (Box Score)

Here's the updated Wild Card standings:


W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
Atlanta 89 65 - 8-2 W3 -
St. Louis 84 71 - 8-2 W4 -
LA Dodgers 79 75 4.5 5-5 L1 4
Milwaukee 79 75 4.5 7-3 L2 4
Arizona 78 76 5.5 7-3 W1 3
Philadelphia 78 76 5.5 6-4 W1 3
Pittsburgh 76 78 7.5 3-7 W1 1

St. Louis, with the benefit of the soft stretch of schedule they have hit, have really built a lead for themselves. Los Angeles and Milwaukee helped out with their lead by losing, and at this rate, St. Louis could wrap up a spot as early as Friday.

Atlanta officially clinched a spot in the postseason with their win on Tuesday. They still have a shot at the division, but would need some losses from Washington to make it happen.

Milwaukee's playoff chanecs continued to fall from the two straight losses. Here's the depressing new playoff odds table from CoolStandings.com:

Date Odds
Today (9/25) 2.2%
Yesterday (9/24) 7.6%
One Week Ago (9/18) 11.6%
Two Weeks Ago (9/11) 4.0%
One Month Ago (8/25) <0.1%

Here's the schedule for today:

LA Dodgers vs. San Diego - 5:35 PM CDT
Aaron Harang (9-10, 3.80 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard (14-12, 3.81 ERA)

Washington vs. Philadelphia - 6:05 PM CDT
John Lannan (3-0, 4.43 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-11, 3.89 ERA)

Miami vs. Atlanta - 6:10 PM CDT
Josh Johnson (8-13, 3.84 ERA) vs. Paul Maholm (12-10, 3.85 ERA)

Milwaukee vs. Cincinnati - 6:10 PM CDT
Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.86 ERA) vs. Bronson Arroyo (12-8, 3.63 ERA)

Pittsburgh vs. NY Mets - 6:10 PM CDT
Jeff Locke (0-2, 5.47 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79 ERA)

St. Louis vs. Houston - 7:05 PM CDT
Chris Carpenter (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Bud Norris (5-13, 5.05 ERA)

Arizona vs. San Francisco - 9:15 PM CDT
Wade Miley (16-10, 3.25 ERA) vs. Matt Cain (15-5, 2.86 ERA)
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