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On Deck: Central hangs in balance

Posted on: August 9, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2011 3:36 pm
 
On Deck

By Evan Brunell


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It's all Central, all night on Tuesday...

FisterMastersonBEST MATCHUP: And by best matchup, we mean pitching matchup, not the best for the ratings. But even past the pitchers, there's a pretty intriguing storyline going on in this game. Detroit is in command of first place in the AL Central, with Cleveland four games back and sliding. If the Indians win tonight, they stay in the hunt. But more intriguing is what happens if they lose, because that could mean a fall to third place if the White Sox win on Tuesday (see below). Doug Fister, making his second start since being added from Seattle at the trade deadline, will go up against Indians ace Justin Masterson (or is Ubaldo Jimenez their ace now?). Masterson has been on a roll all season and struck out nine Red Sox over six innings last time out. The two clubs face each other 12 more times in the last 50 games, so first place is definitely not secure. Tigers vs. Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET

White SoxRISING: Yep, here the White Sox come. Winners of four straight, things are starting to look up in Chicago, even as Adam Dunn and Alex Rios occupy very expensive seats on the pine. At least they can free the bench from splinters. In all seriousness, Chicago deleted one of its better starting pitchers at the trade deadline in Edwin Jackson, but have received contributions from the two players they fetched in return from Toronto. Zach Stewart made a solid spot-start the other day while Jason Frasor has helped stabilize the bullpen. Gavin Floyd will battle Jo-Jo Reyes on Tuesday. Reyes is also an ex-Blue Jay, with Baltimore claiming him off waivers late last week. A win with an Indians loss will vault the ChiSox into second. It's not every day White Sox fans root for the Tigers, but tonight, that will be the case. White Sox vs. Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET

BrewersCardsRACE FOR FIRST: We're still chatting about the Central division, but let's switch leagues over to the NL, when a four-game winning streak will be snapped. Both Milwaukee and St. Louis have paced each other the last four games out, with the Brew Crew holding a three-game lead for the division title. The Pirates and Reds are for all intents and purposes down and out, leaving a two-horse race down the stretch. Shaun Marcum has been huge for Milwaukee with a 10-3 record and 3.58 ERA, and he'll be going up against Edwin Jackson, who gave up just one run in his Cardinals debut over seven innings against the Cubs, but coughed up eight earned in seven innings against Milwaukee on August 3, as skipper Tony La Russa improbably left him in the game too long, claiming the bullpen needed to be saved. Brewers vs. Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:48 pm
 

On Deck: Central hangs in balance

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Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:21 pm
 

On Deck: Central hangs in balance

I agree... cause they both have to play the Pirates next week! I'm only half-joking. Pittsburgh has been getting the better of the Cardnals this year while the Pirates have been dominated by Milwaukee. Together, for all three teams, the next 10 games will determine their fate. While I hate to admit it, I like the Brewers chances a lot better than both the Cards and Bucs.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 4:35 pm
 

On Deck: Central hangs in balance

Too early to put too much emphasis on this series. 


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