Tyler Chatwood once again dominates on the road
leading the Rockies to a 2 – 0 victory over the Giants. Chatwood saved his best for last putting up a season high game score of 83. For the season Chatwood made 13 starts on the road and gave up four runs once, three runs once, and every other game was two runs or less.
Many sabermetric folk kept waiting for Chatwood to normalize but he ended the season without it happening, and even finished with a BB/KK flourish to further compound the pundits.
That loss by the Giants, coupled with the Mets win put the Mets 1 1/2 games in front of the Giants. The crippled Met rotation once again looked to 26-year-old rookie Seth Lugo, and once again the rookie did just enough to get the victory. Lugo isn’t pretty, but he is getting the job done. Jay Bruce slugged the key home run giving him home runs in back to back games for the first time as a Met. The trade deadline acquisition had been a bust for the Mets posting a sub .700 OPS but is coming alive at just the right time. That was his 3rd home run in the last five games.
The Cardinals didn’t take advantage of the Giants loss and fell themselves to the Reds 2 – 1. The Cardinals offense picked a bad time to take an off day against Anthony DeSclafani. Ex-Dodger Jose Peraza picked up three more hits to key the victory for the Reds. Peraza is hitting a cool .330 and is now a fixture as the Red lead off man. The Reds aren’t sure where he’s going to play using him 27 games at SS, 12 at 2nd, and 21 in the outfield.
And how about that AL wild card? The Blue Jays and Orioles are beating themselves up while trying to stay ahead of the Tigers and Mariners.