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Around the Wild Card Race: September 29 Edition

News, results, and other notes from the NL Wild Card race for September 29, 2012.

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Here's a look at the games from yesterday:

  • Milwaukee's decline continued at home against Houston. They got themselves into a 5-1 hole, rallied a little but entered the bottom of the ninth down 7-4. They rallied for two more runs, but a double-play ended the game with a 7-6 loss. Kyle has the recap if you missed it. (Box Score)
  • Philadelphia watched their playoff hopes end in walkoff fashion. They entered the ninth tied 1-1 with Miami, but a Carlos Lee walkoff single gave the Marlins a 2-1 win. (Box Score)
  • Home runs accounted for all of the offense in Atlanta. Freddie Freeman gave the Braves a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but it was Lucas Duda's three-run shot in the seventh that put New York up 3-1, and they held on to win by that margin. (Box Score)
  • In St. Louis, they had a win locked up very early on. They scored nine runs in the first two innings, and that was more than enough as they cruised to a 12-2 win over Washington. (Box Score)
  • Arizona got a big performance from Justin Upton, whose two-run home run in the fifth capped a three-run fifth inning, as they rolled over Chicago with a 8-3 win. (Box Score)
  • Los Angeles got a massive performance from Clayton Kershaw, who pitched eight innings of shutout baseball. They were backed up with eight runs of offense as the Dodgers cruised to a 8-0 win. (Box Score)

Here are the updated Wild Card standings:

W L GB Last 10 Streak Elimination #
Atlanta 91 66 - 7-3 L1 -
St. Louis 85 72 - 8-2 W1 -
LA Dodgers 82 75 3 6-4 W3 3
Milwaukee 80 77 5 5-5 L2 1

Philadelphia and Arizona were both eliminated from contention yesterday with St. Louis' win. Milwaukee is now on the brink of elimination and needs everything to go their way just to force a tiebreaker playoff game (or games).

It was just one week ago that Milwaukee was at their highest playoff odds. Now, their chances are back down to where they were over a month ago. Here's the updated playoff odds from

Date Odds
Today (9/28) 0.1%
Yesterday (9/27) 3.2%
One Week Ago (9/21) 28.9%
Two Weeks Ago (9/14) 4.7%
One Month Ago (8/28) 0.3%

Here's what is on the schedule for today:

Houston vs. Milwaukee - 6:10 PM CDT
Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 4.66 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (4-7, 3.87 ERA)

NY Mets vs. Atlanta - 6:10 PM CDT
Chris Young (4-8, 4.21 ERA) vs. Mike Minor (10-10, 4.27 ERA)

Washington vs. St. Louis - 6:15 PM CDT
Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 2.90 ERA) vs. Kyle Lohse (16-3, 2.77 ERA)

Colorado vs. LA Dodgers - 8:10 PM CDT
Tyler Chatwood (5-5, 5.49 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (9-13, 4.86 ERA)