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Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2011 12:05 am
 


By Matt Snyder


Just as is the case in the American League, 161 games isn't enough to decide the NL wild-card winner. After the Braves were destroyed by the Phillies, 7-1, the Cardinals came through with a come-from-behind victory. Both teams now have an 89-72 record with just one game to play, even if they've arrived at that record in much different ways. The Braves are limping into Wednesday with a 9-17 September record. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are 17-8 in the month. Since August 25, the Cardinals have made up 10 1/2 games on the Braves, so this is an epic comeback. The whole season counts, though, so everything comes down to one final game ... unless they both win or both lose. Then we get one more. As an aside, this is where baseball gets it right. There aren't tiebreakers off the field. You decide who gets in on the field.

If they're still tied after Wednesday night's action, a one-game playoff will be played in St. Louis Thursday night. Let's check out the pitching matchups for Wednesday's action.

Phillies at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET
Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23) gets the all-important start for the reeling home team. He's the best healthy starter the Braves have at this point, as three of their nine wins this month came in his starter. So things have worked well on at least one front for them. The bad news is last time Hudson faced the Phillies, he was knocked around a bit and took the loss. He's been OK in three starts against the Phillies this year, though, as he's got a 3.48 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 20 2/3 innings.

Joe Blanton (1-2, 5.03) is Hudson's counterpart for the night. He's only made one start since returning from injury and was limited on a pitch count. He worked two innings, allowing only a hit and striking out three. Expect the Phillies to take a Johnny Wholestaff approach like the Yankees will against the Rays. The Phillies aren't playing for anything other than health and sharpness. It's possible many regular starters are rested as well, though they won't play again until Saturday. Still, this game should be ripe for the Braves' taking.

Cardinals at Astros, 8:05 p.m. ET
Chris Carpenter (10-9, 3.59) takes the hill for the Cardinals. He is locked in right now, too. In his past four starts, Carpenter has a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings. He shutout the Brewers and threw eight scoreless innings against the Phillies during that stretch. Carpenter's only faced the Astros once this season, when he went seven innings and allowed just two runs on eight hits. He has a 2.87 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in nine career starts at Minute Maid Park.

Brett Myers (7-13, 4.31) is the Astros' starter. Before Cardinals fans get all giddy, here's Myers' line in September: 4-0, 1.23 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings. So he's throwing the ball better than he has all season right now. He hasn't faced the Cardinals since July 26, but he threw eight innings and allowed just three earned runs, taking the hard luck 3-1 loss that day. He was shelled in his previous outing against the Cardinals this season, though, while Albert Pujols, Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday sport gaudy career stats against him. So the pitching matchup is a tossup on paper. The Cardinals, however, have a much better offense and are playing for the postseason.

So if I had to predict, I'd say we're headed for a one-game playoff after both the Braves and Cardinals win Wednesday. But you can't predict baseball. One game left and anything can happen with these two teams. This is what it's all about.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:36 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

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Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 7:07 am
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

You'd have to give the edge to the Braves tonight over the Cardinals. The reason why is that the Phillies are going to be playing a bunch of backups and the Braves won't have to face any of those stellar starters from Philly(Halladay, Hamels, etc.). Even though the Astros suck, they will be playing everyone and will give the Cardinals their best punch tonight. Not to mention, Myers has been an absolute beast on the mound the last month or so. I'm going to make a prediction and say that the Braves get in and the Cards fall just short.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:49 am
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

How is home field decided?

Head-to-head regular season record.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 1:46 am
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

How is home field decided?



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:30 am
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

For the past month the Cardinals not only had to play their own game but had to have help from all of the teams who were playing the Atlanta Braves.  The stars must have been aligned because they have a chance to post the biggest comeback in the history of MLB.  With Carpenter taking the hill you would have to say the cardinals chances of getting to the playoffs are looking up.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:06 am
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

Guys: Messed up there in a big hurry to get it posted ASAP. Settle down. You know what I meant and it's fixed.

- Matt



Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: September 28, 2011 12:05 am
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

"So if I had to predict, I'd say we're headed for a one-game playoff after both the Braves and Astros win Wednesday"

Great prediction!!!!  Next the Astros will be in the WS this year they are giong off of loses and the Astors have the homefield throughout the playoffs haha



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:58 pm
 

Playoff Race: NL wild card tied, too

If the Braves and Astros win, there will be no playoff dude.


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