Daily Wild Card race update – 09/11/16
The Giants went into the weekend facing stiff challenges from the Mets and Cardinals, but as the weekend ended they had increased their wild-card lead to 1 1/2 over the Mets and two games over the Cardinals by sweeping the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Cardinals are now 1/2 game back of the Mets for the second spot.
The Giants beat Zack Greinke behind their deadline acquisition Matt Moore 5 – 3. The Giant bats which had been in a slumber for weeks, awoke this weekend scoring 23 runs. In their previous eight games, they had scored only 22 runs. The Giants are now 4 – 4 in games started by Matt Moore. Hunter Pence is one big reason why the Giants are scoring again. Pence returned on July 30th and proceeded to put up a dismal OPS of .642 through Sept 5th. Since Sept 5th, Pence has collected 12 hits in five games, including four doubles and a home run, driving in four runs, and scoring eight times. The Giant offense just got their best cog back in production, so the scoring line should continue to improve going forward.
The Mets clobbered the Braves 10 – 3 behind a grand slam by Cespedes. It was his 30th home run. James Loney clocked in his 7th home run. The Mets like the Dodgers have been getting good pitching from rookies. Yesterday it was Seth Lugo making just his 5th major league start at age 26 who picked up the victory with seven sterling innings. Name like Seth Lugo, Logan Verrett, Robert Gsellman, and Rafael Montero have all made key starts for the Mets while Harvey / Matz/Niese sit on the DL.
Cardinals lost to the Brewers 2 – 1 when Eric Siegrist gave up a home run to Ryan Braun in the top of the 9th inning. Former number one pick Luke Weaver dueled Zach Davies to a tie with each giving up one run in their respective innings. The Cardinals did not hit a home run which was news of it itself.
The Marlins beat the Dodgers but are still five full games behind the Mets. Jose Urena pitched the game of his life, and maybe the game of his career.
The Pirates lost again and I won’t mention them again unless things change dramatically for them.