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Around the Wild Card Race: September 28, 2012

News, results, and other notes from the NL Wild Card race for September 28, 2012.

Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

I've got no news for you again today, so let's take a look at yesterday's games:

  • Milwaukee had dominated their game against Cincinnati with 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, while only managing one run off of Cincinnati pitching. However, the Reds only needed a third of an inning, and in the end, it was a home run, single, and triple that gave them a 2-1 win. Morineko has the recap if you missed it. (Box Score)
  • San Francisco roughed up Arizona starter Patrick Corbin for six runs in the second inning, and then cruised to a 7-3 win behind a quality start from Barry Zito. (Box Score)
  • Washington got a multi-HR game from Michael Morse, and Philadelphia starter Tyler Cloyd allowed six runs in 5+ innings as Washington got closer to a division title with a 7-3 win. (Box Score)
  • Atlanta scored six unanswered runs as they kept their dream of a division title alive, routing Miami 6-2. Dan Uggla provided the big offense as he went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI. (Box Score)
  • Los Angeles kept themselves in the race behind 5 1/3 strong innings from Chris Capuano, along with seven runs from the offense in the first eight innings. San Diego rallied in the eighth to get to 7-4, but Los Angeles got another run in the ninth and held on for a 8-4 win. (Box Score)

Here are the updated Wild Card standings:


W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
Atlanta 91 65 - 8-2 W5 -
St. Louis 84 72 - 8-2 L1 -
LA Dodgers 81 75 3 5-5 W2 4
Milwaukee 80 76 4 6-4 L1 3
Arizona 78 78 6 6-4 L2 1
Philadelphia 78 78 6 5-5 L2 1

Los Angeles moved ahead of Milwaukee when LA won and Milwaukee lost. Meanwhile, Arizona and Philadelphia are both on the brink of elimination with losses yesterday. It's St. Louis who is in the driver's seat, whose margin for error is massive, but they can't rest just yet.

The playoff chances took another hit yesterday. Here are the updated odds from CoolStandings.com:

Date Odds
Today (9/27) 3.2%
Yesterday (9/26) 7.0%
One Week Ago (9/20) 17.5%
Two Weeks Ago (9/13) 6.7%
One Month Ago (8/27) 0.2%

It's the start of the second to last series of the season for all of the teams. Here's what is on the schedule:

Philadelphia vs. Miami - 6:10 PM CDT
Cliff Lee (6-8, 3.18 ERA) vs. Mark Buehrle (13-13, 3.84 ERA)

NY Mets vs. Atlanta - 6:35 PM CDT
Jon Niese (12-9, 3.49 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (16-6, 3.61 ERA)

Houston vs. Milwaukee - 7:10 PM CDT
Edgar Gonzalez (2-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (16-8, 3.59 ERA)

Washington vs. St. Louis - 7:15 PM CDT
Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.77 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (13-13, 4.02 ERA)

Chi. Cubs vs. Arizona - 8:40 PM CDT
Travis Wood (6-12, 4.23 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (14-11, 4.14 ERA)

Colorado vs. LA Dodgers - 9:10 PM CDT
Jeff Francis (5-6, 5.54 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (12-9, 2.68 ERA)