News and Notes:
Meanwhile, the Braves beat the Nationals 7-4. Coupled with the Cardinals loss, Atlanta now has a three game lead in the Wild Card race. They can't clinch today, yet, as St. Louis' elimination number is at three, but it's looking inevitable that the Braves will lock this up. '
The Diamondbacks beat the Giants 3-1 to clinch the NL West. With that, the three division winners are finalized: The Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks will take the three top spots in the NL Playoffs. Matchups will depend on whether the Cardinals can miraculously pull off a comeback.
The Wild Card race looks like this:
|W||L||GB||Last 10||Streak||Wild Card E #
And the Playoff Participants, if the season ended today:
|W||L||GB||Last 10||Streak||Magic #
Braves (Wild Card)
Today's Relevant Pitching Matchups:
Brandon Beachy (7-2, 3.58) and the Braves face Chien-Ming Wang (3-3, 4.31) and the Nationals.
Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80) gets the call for the Phillies as they face the Mets and RA Dickey (8-13, 3.35).
Ian Kennedy (20-4, 2.88) and the Diamondbacks take on Eric Surkamp (2-0, 2.95) and the Giants.