Baseball in the Pythagorean Universe: 1995

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  1. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    I wasn't originally going to do a separate thread for 1995, but since I already have the sims completed over at All-Time Sports, I didn't want them tp go to waste.

    A reminder: Even though the dates on these sims are April, we'll be starting with the records and stats that players and teams have already complied. That's why you'll see magic numbers to clinch division titles (and in one case, a clinched division) in April.

    Let's begin with the National League standings.

    East:

    Braves: 84-60 (-6)
    Mets: 76-68- 8 GB (+7)
    Marlins: 72-71- 11.5 GB (+5)
    Expos: 70-74- 14 GB (+4)
    Phillies: 68-76- 16 GB (-1)

    The Braves' magic number to clinch the division is eleven.

    Central:

    Reds: 84-60 (-1)
    Astros: 79-65- 5 GB (+3)
    Cubs: 74-70- 10 GB (+1)
    Pirates: 62-82- 22 GB (+4)
    Cardinals: 61-82- 22.5 GB (-1)

    The Reds' magic number to clinch the division is fourteen.

    West:

    Dodgers: 75-69 (-3)
    Rockies: 72-72- 3 GB (-5)
    Padres: 72-72- 3 GB (+2)
    Giants: 61-83- 14 GB (-6)

    The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the division is sixteen.

    Wild Card (only tams over .500 listed):

    Astros: 79-65
    Mets: 76-68- 3 GB
    Cubs: 74-70- 5 GB
    Marlins:72-71- 6.5 GB
    Rockies: 72-72- 7 GB
    Padres: 72-72- 7 GB

    The Astros' magic number to clinch the wild card spot is sixteen.

    Now to the American League.

    East:

    Red Sox: 80-64 (-6)
    Yankees: 78-66- 2 GB (-1)
    Orioles: 78-66- 2 GB (+7)
    Blue Jays: 60-84- 20 GB (+4)
    Tigers: 55-89- 25 GB (-5)

    The Red Sox' magic number to clinch the division is seventeen,

    Central:

    1. Indians: 93-51 (-7)
    2. White Sox: 72-72- 21 GB (+4)
    3. Brewers: 71-73- 22 GB (+6)
    4. Royals: 66-78- 27 GB (-4)
    5. Twins: 57-87- 36 GB (+1)

    The Indians have already clinched the division.

    Angels: 82-62 (+4)
    Mariners: 79-65- 3 GB (+1)
    Rangers: 69-75- 13 GB (-5)
    Athletics: 69-75- 13 GB (+2)

    The Angels' magic number to clinch the division is sixteen.

    Wild Card (only teams over .500 listed):

    Mariners: 79-65
    Orioles: 78-66- 1 GB
    Yankees: 78-66- 1 GB
    White Sox: 72-72- 7 GB

    The Mariners' magic number to clinch the wild card is eighteen.

    Just like in 1994, I'll do the National League first, then the American League.

    Next: We kick off the National League with a Sunday night clash between the Mets and the Marlins.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019
  2. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to let this thread drift into the ether for a while. I'd forgotten how much editing of the sims that others ran needs to be done to make this readable, and I don't feel I can do it and still have the time and inclination to work on my NFL timeline, which remains my top priority. I'll let you know when I'm ready to start work in earnest, but don't expect anything any time soon.
     
  3. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Since I have a little extra time, I'm going to start this after all, although I may not update every day for a while. We begin with Sunday, April 2:

    Mets 17, Marlins 3 (ESPN: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan)
    W- Jones (11-10)
    L- Burkett (14-15)
    HR- NYM: Todd Hundley 3 (18)

    An offensive outburst occurred at Joe Robbie Stadium, as there were twenty runs on thirty-six hits in a game that lasted almost four hours.

    The Mets started it off with four runs on six hits in the first; a Carl Everett double led the charge. Brett Butler scored, and Rico Brogna's single scored Everett to make it 2-0. Jeff Kent smashed a triple to drive in Brogna, and Edgardo Alfonzo then singled to drive in Kent. John Burkett is taken out of the game after just two-thirds of an inning, and the Mets left two men on base.

    In the second, the Mets added on, with a Butler triple followed by an Everett double to make the score 5-0. The Mets get more in the third, as Everett singled to drive in Tim Bogar and Bobby Bonilla singled to drive in Everett. In just three innings, the Mets had already racked up a dozen hits. Todd Hundley smashed a home run almost into the upper deck in right center field, and the Mets were up 8-0. (Note: Joe Ray doesn't mention the inning.) In the sixth, Hundley came up again and homered to left, giving them a 9-0 lead.

    The seventh inning was a special one for the Mets, as they scored six runs on six more hits. Pitcher Bobby Jones started off with a double, then after an out, Bonilla drove him in. Brogna singled to drive in Everett, and Hundley walked to bring another run in. Kent then doubled in Bonilla and Brogna. Alfonzo kept it going by singling in Hundley and Kent. Finally, after a Jeff Conine error, the Marlins got out of the inning, but the Mets led 15-0. Hundley finished the scoring for New York with a two-run homer to deep right center in the eighth, becoming the first Met since Darryl Strawberry in 1985 to homer three times in a game.

    Conine and Greg Colbrunn combined to single in all three Florida runs in the bottom of the eighth. By the end of the evening, very Met except pitcher Dave Telgheder had gotten at least one hit.

    The Mets are now within two and half games of the Astros for the Wild Card spot, while the Marlins fall back to .500 for the year.

    The standings in the East:

    Braves: 84-60
    Mets: 77-68- 7.5 GB
    Marlins: 72-72- 12 GB
    Expos: 70-74- 14 GB
    Phillies: 68-76- 16 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 79-65
    Mets: 77-68- 2.5 GB

    Next: We look at April 3.

    Special thanks to Joe Ray for tonight's game.

    Thoughts?
     
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  4. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Here's the National League Report for Monday, April 3. Let's start with Joe Ray in Miami:

    Marlins 2, Dodgers 1

    Pat Rapp struck out seven in seven and two-thirds innings, and the Marlins drove in both of their runs in the fourth inning, as Jeff Conine singled in Gary Sheffield and Terry Pendleton singled in Conine. The Dodgers scored their run in the eighth when Jose Offerman's grounder drove in Raul Mondesi. The Dodgers put two on with one out in the top of the ninth, but Delino DeShields and Offerman grounded out to end the game.

    As of this moment, the Dodgers' lead over the Rockies and Padres in the West is down to two and a half games, while the Fish are within six games of the Astros for the wild card.

    W- Rapp (15-7)
    S- Nen (24)
    L- Candiotti (7-15)

    Now to my Central report:

    Cubs 6, Reds 4

    The Cubs temporarily derailed the Reds' march to a division title and moved closer in the Wild Card standings. Jose Hernandez smacked two homers for the Cubbies, including the game-winning three-run shot in the eighth. He had a total of five RBIs; his other homer was a two-run first-inning blast. Ron Gant homered for the Reds.

    W- Perez (3-6)
    S- Myers (39)
    L- Schourek (18-8)

    HR- CHC: Hernandez 2 (15)
    CIN: Gant (30)

    Phillies 12, Cardinals 0

    The Fightins exploded for six runs in the sixth to put an exclamation point on their whitewashing of the Redbirds. Second baseman Mickey Morandini led the way with a two for six evening and three RBIs, while Jim Eisenreich and Mark Whiten went deep. Paul Quantril and David West combined om a three-hit shoutout of the home team. The only regrettable thing of the evening for the Phils: relief pitcher Vicente Palacios got one of the hits.

    W- Quantril (12-12)
    L- Petkovsek (6-7)

    HR- PHI: Eisenreich (11), Whiten (12)

    Expos 7, Pirates 5

    The Buccos blew a gutsy eighth-inning comeback by allowing the Expos three in the ninth. The hitting star of the day was Expos first baseman David Segui, who was three for four with a run scored and an RBI. Tony Tarasco and David Silvestri had two hits and two RBIs each; one of Silvestri's hits was a home run. Segui's triple supplied the winning run in the ninth. Pirate first baseman Rich Aude had two hits and scored twice to pace the Pirate offense.

    W- Shaw (2-6)
    S- Rojas (31)
    L- Miceli (4-5)

    HR- MTL: Silvestri (3)

    Here are the updated standings in the East:

    Braves: 84-60
    Mets: 77-68- 7.5 GB
    Marlins: 73-72- 11.5 GB
    Expos: 71-74- 13.5 GB
    Phillies: 69-76- 15.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 84-61
    Astros: 79-65- 4.5 GB
    Cubs: 75-70- 9 GB
    Pirates: 62-83- 22 GB
    Cardinals: 61-83- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 75-70
    (tie) Rockies: 72-72- 2.5 GB
    (tie) Padres: 72-72- 2.5 GB
    Giants: 61-83- 13.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 79-65
    Mets: 77-68- 2.5 GB

    Next: We look at April 4.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
  5. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Here's the action for Tuesday, April 4. First, let's check in with Joe Ray:

    Rockies 9, Mets 7 (13 innings)
    W: Joe Grahe (5-3)
    L: Dave Telgheder (1-3)
    HR- COL: Larry Walker (37),Dante Bichette (41), Vinny Castilla (33), Andres Galarraga (32)

    This game lasted more more than four and a half hours on a rainy day in New York, with thirty-eight players used for both teams, and twenty-nine hits during the 13 innings.

    The game starts with a bang on Larry Walker's 1st inning homer. It stayed 1-0 Rox until the bottom of the third, when Brett Butler's triple drives in Edgardo Alfonzo and Jose Vizcaino.

    Dante Bichette's home run to left ties the game at two in the fourth, and this score stays until the bottom of the fifth, when Bobby Bonilla smacked a double to left center field, driving in Butler and Carl Everett. Galarraga cuts the deficit to 4-3 in the seventh with a deep home run to center, then local product (Suffern, NY) Walt Weiss singled in the eighth, driving in Eric Young to tie it. Vinny Castilla's homer in the ninth gave the Rox a 5-4 lead

    Steve Reed blew the save by allowing Brett Butler's game-tying single, and the score stays that way until the top of the thirteenth. Ellis Burks' ground-rule double scored Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga singled to center driving in Castilla and Burks, and after Joe Girardi walked. Young grounded a single to right center, scoring Galarraga.

    Vizcaino blooped a single leading off the thirteenth, then after two out Carl Everett smoked a double to center to drive him in. Bobby Bonilla singled to center to drive in Everett, but with the tying run on first Rico Brogna flew out to end the game.

    The Mets are now three games behind the Astros for the wild card spot, and their loss reduces the Braves' magic number to clinch the East to ten.

    Dodgers 8, Marlins 3
    W- Ramon Martinez (18-7)
    L- Chris Hammond (9-7)
    HR- FLA: Jeff Conine (26), Chuck Carr (3)
    LA-Mike Piazza (33)

    Ramon Martinez got closer to twenty wins, as he allowed just three hits in eight innings and struck out seven. Mike Piazza started the scoring with a towering home run to center in the first, and Billy Ashley's sac fly in the fourth with two on scored Raul Mondesi. The big inning for the Dodgers was the fifth, as Mike Piazza was hit in the arm and Eric Karros clouted a three-run double, scoring Delino DeShields, Jose Offerman, and Piazza. Mark Gardner then came into the game,for the Fish and immediately threw the ball over the backstop. The Dodgers ended up leaving two on with Ashley's strikeout.

    Chuck Carr narrowed the deficit with a dinger of his own in the fifth, but the Dodgers' lead stood up until the ninth, when they added three more runs on just one hit. The rally consisted of two walks, an error by Gary Sheffield, and a Texas League single by Deshields, his fourth on the day, that drove in Roberto Kelly and Ashley, making it 8-3. Pedro Astacio ended the game on nine pitches in the bottom of the ninth.

    The Dodgers thus maintain their two and a half game lead over the Rockies and Padres in the West.

    Padres 13, Braves 4
    W- Joey Hamilton (7-9)
    L:-Steve Avery (7-14)
    HR- ATL: Ryan Klesko (24), Jeff Blauser (13)

    The Padres got multiple RBIs from Brad Ausmus (three), Ken Caminiti (three), Andujar Cedeno (who collected four hits), and Jody Reed. They started with a four-run first, where the key hit was a Ken Caminiti single. In the third inning, the Padres added four more runs; Brad Ausmus led the charge with a two-run double driving in Steve Finley and Reed. Avery was replaced by Brad Clontz during this inning. The Pads added three more in the fifth, as Caminiti doubled in Reed and Ausmus, making it 11-0.

    Reed's sixth-inning double drove in Eddie Williams and Bip Roberts to make it 13-0. The Braves added four runs in the eighth and ninth to make things respectable. Blauser homered in the eighth, and a Mike Mordecai flyout drove in Mark Lemke. Klesko hit a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 13-4, which was our final. Hamilton pitched a complete game six-hitter.

    The Pads thus remain two and a half games behind the Dodgers in the West, while the Braves' magic number in the East stays at ten.

    Now for my Central report:

    Cubs 9, Reds 8

    The Cubs scored seven runs in the first off of Reds starter John Smiley, then had to hold on for dear life to get the win. Shortstop Shawon Dunston had three hits for the Cubbies, while left fielder Luis Gonzalez drove in three. For the Reds, center fielder Jerome Walton went four for five, scored twice, and drove in three, while right fielder Reggie Sanders went three for five with a home run and three RBis.

    W- Walker (2-3)
    S- Myers (40)
    L- Carrasco (2-8)

    HR- CIN: Walton (9), Sanders (29)

    Astros 6, Giants 2

    The Stros increased their lead over the Mets in the Wild Card race and bought time against the Reds by defeating the Giants. Left fielder Derrick May had two hits and two RBIs, and shortstop Ricky Gutierrez went three for four with another ribbie. Right fielder Mike Simms homered for Houston, who now leads the Mets by three and a half games in the Wild Card race and has closed to within three and a half games of the Reds in the Central.

    W- Drabek (11-9)
    L- Leiter (10-13)

    HR- SF: Hill (25)
    HOU: Simms (10)

    Phillies 6, Cardinals 1

    The Phils continued their domination of the Redbirds, overcoming a 1-0 deficit with four in the eighth and two in the ninth. The key blow is catcher Lenny Webster's three-run homer to left center in the eighth that broke a 1-1 tie. Andy Van Slyke got the start in center field and went two for five, driving in two runs as he attempts to revitalize his career.

    The only bit of drama came in the sixth, when Phillies starter Tyler Green and manager Jim Fregosi were ejected for deliberately throwing at Cardinal first baseman John Mabry, although plate umpire Dana DeMuth had given no prior warning and there had been no previous beanball incidents. "Just because he's allowed to pull that bullshit doesn't mean he should," Fregosi snapped after the game.

    This loss officially eliminates the Cardinals from wild card contention.

    W- Borland (2-3)
    L- Delucia (8-8)

    HR- PHI: Webster (5)

    Here are the standings in the East to the moment:

    Braves: 84-61 (Magic Number: 10)
    Mets: 77-69- 7.5 GB
    Marlins: 73-73- 11.5 GB
    Expos: 71-74- 13 GB
    Phillies: 70-76- 14.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 84-62
    Astros: 80-65- 3,5 GB
    Cubs: 76-70- 8 GB
    Pirates: 62-83- 21.5 GB
    Cardinals: 61-84- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 76-70
    (tie) Rockies: 73-72- 2.5 GB
    (tie) Padres: 73-72- 2.5 GB
    Giants: 61-84- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 80-65
    Mets: 77-69- 3.5 GB

    Next: Our look at April 5.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
  6. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now it's time to look at Wednesday, April 5 in the National League. We begin with Joe Ray:

    Braves 6, Padres 2
    W- Tom Glavine (17-7)
    L- Andy Benes (11-10)
    S:- Greg McMichael (3)
    HR- ATL: Charlie O'Brien 2 (11)

    Fred McGriff collected four hits for the Braves, and Charlie O'Brien provided two home runs. The first went to center in the first inning, the second went to left in the third. In the bottom of the third, Tony Gwynn's groundout scored Andy Benes, making it 3-1. The Braves added another run in the fifth, as McGriff, one of their hottest hitters in the '95 season, added a double, scoring Ryan Klesko.

    The Braves' 4-1 lead held up until the ninth, when Jeff Blauser and Lemke single to drive in McGriff and Chipper Jones, respectively. Steve Finley's fielder's choice in the bottom of the ninth drove in Andujar Cedeno to close out the scoring. Glaving got the win for the Braves, going seven innings while allowing six hits and two walks.

    The Padres drop three games behind the Dodgers in the West, while the Braves' magic number to clinch the East has been shaved to nine.

    Dodgers 5, Marlins 3

    W-Ismael Valdes (14-11)
    L- Dave Weathers (4-6)
    S- Todd Worrell (33)

    The Dodgers notched another important win, as Raul Mondesi's 4th inning single gave them a lead they never relinquished. They followed up with three runs in the sixth, which scored on Tim Wallach's double and Eric Karros' sacrifice fly and another in the seventh on Jose Offerman's single.

    The Marlins made a valiant comeback in the last three innings. In either the seventh or the eighth (Joe Ray doesn't say which), Kurt Abbott's base hit drove in Greg Colbrunn and Quilvio Veras' base hit scored Abbott. In the ninth, Todd Worrell entered the game with the bases loaded, after Abbott was hit by a pitch and Chuck Carr walked. Pinch hitter Julian Tavarez, usually a pitcher, walked to load the bases, then Veras walked to force in Abbott. But Worrell rebounded to strike out Steve Decker and Gary Sheffield to end the game, with Sheffield fanning on a 3-2 pitch.

    With the win, the Dodgers open a three-game lead over the Rockies in the West, with the Padres falling three and a half out. The Marlins have now dropped below .500, and their wild card hopes are fading fast.

    Now for my Central report:

    Cardinals 2, Phillies 1

    Pinch hitter Darnell Coles drove in two with a sixth-inning base hit as the Redbirds avoided a sweep by the Phils. Mark Whiten provided the Philly run with a fourth inning homer. More interesting than anything on the field is the continued speculation over the full-time Cardinals managing job. Two names, both current managers, keep surfacing as potential replacements: A's manager Tony La Russa and Pirates manager Jim Leyland, As for former skipper Joe Torre, he's rumored to be a replacement for Dallas Green with the Mets.

    W- Osborne (5-6)
    S- Henke (37)
    L- Mimbs (9-8)

    HR- PHI: Whiten (13)

    Expos 7, Pirates 6

    The Spos built a big lead early, then watched as the Bucs mounted a furious comeback over the final two innings only to fall just short. Pedro Martinez gave up eleven hits to the Black and Gold, but also struck out eleven and didn't walk a man. The Expos' big nights came from third baseman Shane Andrews, who was to for four with a home run and three RBIs, and catcher Darren Fletcher, who was two for three with a home run and two RBIs. Jeff King and Don Slaught homered for the Pirates; Slaught's pinch-hit shot to right in the bottom of the ninth landed in the second deck and brought the Pirates within one. However, closer Mel Rojas induced Carlos Garcia to ground out to end the game.

    Attendance was just over 4,000 on a bitterly cold and gray night, as the former Steel City seems resigned to losing their beloved Buccos at the end of the year. Al Martin had three hits for the home team, while Nelson Liriano drove in a pair of runs.

    The loss eliminates the Pirates from Wild Card contention.

    W- Martinez (15-10)
    S- Rojas (31)
    L- Neagle (13-9)

    HR- MON: Andrews (9), Fletcher (12)
    PIT: King (19), Slaught (1)

    Reds 4, Cubs 3

    The Reds stopped their losing streak before it got too much worse and dealt the Cubs a setback at the same time. Eddie Taubensee and Bret Boone went deep for the Reds, while Reggie Sanders and Thomas Howard each had two hits. Meanwhile, the Cubs wasted a three-hit performance from leadoff man Brian McRae. An interesting fact about this one: No more than one run is scored in any half inning.

    Pending the result from Houston, the Reds now have a four-game lead over the Astros in the Central, while the Cubs fall five games behind the Stros for the wild card spot.

    W- Burba (7-2)
    S- Brantley (29)
    L- Trachsel (7-14)

    HR- CIN: Taubensee (10), Boone (16)

    Astros 6, Giants 2

    The Stros kept pace with both the Reds and the Mets with their victory over the G-Men.. The big hero tonight was first baseman Jeff Bagwell, who went three for five, scored twice and drove in two runs, one of them with a third-inning homer. Shane Reynolds pitched six and two-thirds strong innings for the win. Barry Bonds had both Giant RBIs.

    The Stros are now four games ahead of the Mets for the wild card, and they remain within three and a half games of the Reds in the Central.

    W- Reynolds (11-11)
    L- Mulholland (5-14)

    HR- HOU: Bagwell (22)

    Here are the up-to-the-second standings. First, in the East:

    Braves: 85-61 (Magic Number: 9)
    Mets: 77-69- 8 GB
    Marlins: 73-74- 12.5 GB
    Expos: 72-74- 13 GB
    Phillies: 70-77- 15.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 85-62
    Astros: 81-65- 3.5 GB
    Cubs: 76-71- 9 GB
    (tie) Pirates: 62-84- 22.5 GB
    (tie) Cardinals: 62-84- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 77-70
    Rockies: 73-72- 3 GB
    Padres: 73-73- 3.5 GB
    Giants: 61-85- 15.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 81-65
    Mets: 77-68- 4 GB

    Next: We turn to April 6.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2019
  7. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now let's look at Thursday, April 6:

    Giants 5, Marlins 3

    Giants first baseman Mark Carreon had a perfect three for three fay at the plate, doubling home two in a four-run first and adding an eighth-inning home run to pace the Frisco victory. Jeff Conine drove in two of the Florida runs, while Greg Colbrunn knocked in the other. Only a little over 5,000 attended the game at Joe Robbie Stadium, and there's already talk that the Marlins could be moving in a year or so- Washington is among the cities mentioned- if attendance doesn't pick up.

    The Fish fall to two games under .500, and they're now eight and a half back in the wild card race with fourteen games to play.

    W- Dewey (2-0)
    S- Beck (34)
    L- Witt (2-8)

    HR- SF: Carreon (18)

    Mets 9, Rockies 2

    The Mets thrashed the Rox at Shea to stay within shouting distance if the wild card spot. They totaled four home runs on the evening, two by Carl Everett, one by rookie Alex Ochoa, and one by Todd Hundley. Dante Bichette went yard for the Rox to tie the game at two, but it was all downhill from there.

    If the Astros lose to the Dodgers at the Astrodome, the Mets will be within three games of the wild card spot. Conversely, the Rox need a Houston win to stay within three games of the Dodgers in the West.

    W- Pulsipher (6-7)
    L- Freeman (3-8)

    HR- NYM: Ochoa (1), Hundley (19), Everett 2 (14)
    COL: Bichette (42)

    Astros 6, Dodgers 3 (10 innings)

    Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, desperate to get some of his regulars a day off, picked tonight's game to do it. His strategy worked to an extent; rookie shortstop Juan Castro was four for five, and left fielder Billy Ashley was one of three Dodgers with two hits. But it was Jeff Bagwell's big evening that did in the Dodgers; he smacked two home runs that drove in five of the Stros' six runs, including the tenth- inning game winner as described by Milo Hamilton:

    "Bags already with one home run tonight. Wouldn't it be something if he walked into another? Count 2-1, Seanez to the belt, winds and throws.........swung on, driven deep to center field, Butler on his horse, to the wall, he........ CAN'T GET IT! IT'S GONE!...............Jeff Bagwell has won it for the Astros with his second home run of the evening, and they're going wild at the Astrodome! It's a big sin, because if the Reds lose to the Cubs at Riverfront, we'll be within two and a half games in the National League Central. Go, Cubbies, go! Meanwhile, a curtain call for Bags. Listen to this crowd!............ Your final score once again in ten innings: the Astros 6, the Dodgers 3. Back with the final totals after this."

    W- Brocail (7-4)
    L- Seanez (1-4)

    HR: HOU: Bagwell 2 (24)

    Cubs 22, Reds 0

    The Cubs dealt the Reds one of the most embarrassing losses in their history, piling up twenty-three hits, including four home runs. A partial rundown: Brian McRae, four for seven, scoreed four runs; Howard Johnson, five for six, drove in three and scored four more; Mark Grace, three for four with a home run and four RBIs and scored four runs; Sammy Sosa, two for five with a homer and three RBIs and scored three runs; and Jose Hernandez, two for six with two three-run homers. Shawon Dunston also had four hits.

    Reliever Tim Pugh was the sacrificial lamb; twelve runs on sixteen hits in five and a third innings. Meanwhile, Kevin Rogers and Turk Wendell allow just two Cincinnati hits. It got so bad that Barry Larkin pitched the final two-thirds of an inning and was the only Reds pitcher not to give up a run.

    The Cubs are making a determined late run in the wild card race, as they're within five games of the Stros with fourteen to play.

    W- Rogers (13-11)
    S- Wendell (1)
    L- Rijo (5-5)

    HR- CHC: Hernandez 2 (17), Grace (17), Sosa (37)

    Phillies 3, Cardinals 2 (17 innings)

    Seventeen innings. Over four hundred pitches. Time of game: Six hours and two minutes. Those stats just scratch the surface of Thursday night's game in St. Louis. It was tied from the top of the fifth, when an RBI single by Charlie Hayes tied it at two, until the top of the seventeenth, when Kevin Elster's home run off of Mark Petkovsek unsnapped it. Both of Monday's starting pitchers, Petkovsek and Paul Quantril, threw three innings. Andy Van Slyke continued his hot series with four hits for the Phils, while John Mabry collected four for the Cardinals. The game ended at 2:07 AM Eastern time when Jose Oliva grounded out to Hayes.

    W- Quantril (13-12)
    S- Slocumb (33)
    L- Petkovsek (6-8)

    HR- PHI: Elster (2)
    STL: Gilkey (18), Hemond (4)

    Expos 3, Pirates 0

    Four Expo pitchers combined to shut out the Buccos on eight hits. The major offensive star of the day for the Spos was third baseman Sean Berry, who was two for four and scored twice. Left fielder Wil Cordero was a perfect two for two, and catcher Tim Laker was two for four with a run driven in and another scored.

    Before the game, Pirate manager Jim Leyland said that he'll manage the Pirates next year as long as they're in Pittsburgh; if they were to leave, however, he would not go with them. "I'm a Pittsburgher, and I want things to work out here, but if they can't, I want to choose the place where I'll go." His favorite, according to the media? Detroit. He was a minor league player, coach, and manager for the Tigers for many years, and Sparky Anderson is on very thin ice for refusing to play replacement players during this year's strike.

    This win coupled with the Marlins' loss moves the Spos into third place in the East.

    W- Perez (11-8)
    S- Rojas (32)
    L- Wagner (5-17)

    Now let's look at the standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 85-61 (Magic Number: 9)
    Mets: 78-69- 7.5 GB
    Expos: 73-74- 12.5 GB
    Marlins: 73-75- 13 GB
    Phillies: 71-77- 15 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 85-63
    Astros: 82-65- 2.5 GB
    Cubs: 77-71- 8 GB
    (tie) Pirates: 62-85- 22.5 GB
    (tie) Cardinals: 62-85- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 77-71
    (tie) Rockies: 73-73- 3 GB
    (tie) Padres: 73-73- 3 GB
    Giants: 62-85- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 82-65
    Mets: 78-69- 4 GB

    Next: We look at April 7.

    Thoughts?
     
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  8. Tonrich Well-Known Member

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    I am following. As a huge Tribe fan I have always believed Albert Belle's 95 season was one of the greatest in baseball history. It is rarely talked about but I believe he is still the only player to have 50 home runs and 50 doubles in a season and he did it in a strike shortened 144 game schedule!
     
  9. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the follow, Tonrich!

    Belle was an amazing player in his prime; it's too bad his attitude stank to hell and back.
     
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  10. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now for our look at Friday, April 7. Let's begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Braves 4, Pirates 1
    W- Greg Maddux (20-2)
    L- John Ericks (3-10)
    HR- ATL- Chipper Jones (24)

    The Braves won another important game, as Greg Maddux continued one of the greatest years in memory. He won his twentieth game against just two losses, and threw another complete game, his eleventh of the season, while striking out nine.. The Pirates led 1-0 until the fourth inning, as a Jay Bell second-inning single scored Mark Johnson. Chipper Jones' fourth-inning three-run homer to right gave the Braves a 3-1 lead, and it was caught by Falcons quarterback Jeff George. Fred McGriff's fifth-inning double scored Ryan Klesko and ended the night's scoring.

    The Braves' magic number to clinch the East is down to eight.

    Cubs 2, Mets 1
    W- Kevin Foster (13-11)
    L- Doug Henry (3-7)
    S- Randy Myers (39)
    HR- CHC: Brian McRae (13)

    The Cubs scored a big win to keep up in the wild card race. Jose Hernandez's third-inning triple scored Brian McRae to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Jeff Kent tied the game with a line drive single that scored Carl Everett, but Bobby Bonilla was thrown out at home by Luis Gonzalez. McRae's inside-the-park home run in the seventh gave the Cubs the lead. In the ninth, the Mets' comeback fell short when Kent grounded to short with a man on to end the game.

    The Cubs are now just half a game behind the Mets for second place in the wild card race, and the Braves' magic number to clinch the East has fallen to seven.

    Marlins 7, Giants 5

    Backup catcher Steve Decker's eighth-inning home run keyed the Marlins to victory. Third baseman Terry Pendleton also homered to cap a four-for-five night at the plate. The Giants, meanwhile, wasted a three-RBI performance from Dave McCary and a five-for-five evening from star third baseman Matt Williams.

    Before the game, Marlins executives felt the need to call a press conference to debunk rumors that the team is headed for DC by 1997 if attendance doesn't improve. "We're committed to the Miami/Fort Lauderdale metro area for a long, long time to come," insisted Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga.

    W- Matthews (5-4)
    S- Nen (24)
    L- Hook (5-2)

    HR- FLA: Decker (4), Pendleton (15)

    Phillies 15, Rockies 5

    The Phils scored in every inning but the sixth and racked up twenty-two hits. Mark Whiten, the Phils' hottest hitter of late, led the way, going three for five and driving in five runs. Mickey Morandini went five for six whle driving in three and scoring four, and Andy Van Slyke had four hits and two RBIs. For the Rox, Larry Walker hit two home runs, accounting for four RBIs.

    W- West (4-2)
    L- Rekar (4-7)

    HR- PHI: Whiten (15), Morandini (7), Longmire (4)
    COL: Walker 2 (39)

    Astros 2, Dodgers 1

    The Astros bunched together five first-inning singles for their runs, then hold off a ninth-inning rally. They're still on top in the wild card race, and are only two games behind of the Reds for the division lead at this moment.

    W- Hampton (10-8)
    S- Jones (16)
    L- Tapani (4-3)

    Padres 10, Reds 3

    The Reds continued their freefall as they give up sixteen hits to the Friars, who are now within two games of the Dodgers in the West. Meanwhile, the Reds' lead over the Astros in the Central is down to a game and a half.

    W- Blair (8-5)
    L- Jarvis (3-5)

    HR- SD: Nieves (15), Johnson (4)
    CIN: Taubensee (11)

    Expos 6, Cardinals 3

    Rondell White homered on the first pitch and the Expos rolled over the exhausted Redbirds.

    W- Henry (8-9)
    L- Hill (6-8)

    HR- MTL: White (14)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings. We begin in the East:

    Braves: 86-61 (Magic Number: 7)
    Mets: 78-70- 8.5 GB
    Expos: 74-74- 12.5 GB
    Marlins: 74-75- 13 GB
    Phillies: 72-77- 15 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 85-64
    Astros: 83-65- 1.5 GB
    Cubs: 78-71- 7 GB
    (tie) Pirates: 62-86- 22.5 GB
    (tie) Cardinals: 62-86- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 77-72
    Padres: 74-73- 2 GB
    Rockies: 73-74- 3 GB
    Giants: 62-86- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 83-65 (Magic Number: 10)
    Mets: 78-70- 5 GB

    Next: We look at April 8, the first day of Baseball Weekend in America. ABC will cover the National League, while NBC spotlights the American League.

    Thoughts?
     
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  11. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now let's look at Saturday, April 8. We begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Cubs 7, Mets 3 (ABC: Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat)
    W- Jim Bullinger (13-8)
    L- Bret Saberhagen (5-6)
    HR- CHC: Sammy Sosa (37)
    NYM: Bobby Bonilla 2 (30)

    The Cubs won a important game, thus keeping up with the Reds in the division and the Astros in the wild card race. The Mets took a first-inning lead on this rainy/cool day, with Bonilla hitting a solo home run . In the top of the second, however, the Cubs score four runs, with Sosa's two-run homer leading the way. Pitcher Jim Bullinger helps himself with his first-ever triple, which scored Shawon Dunston. Bullinger then scored on a Brian McRae single to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.

    Dunston's third-inning single scored Mark Grace to increase the Chicago lead to 5-1 in the fourth. In the sixth, Luis Gonzalez's single scored Bullinger, who singled to begin the inning. In the seventh, Joe Orsulak cut the Cubs lead to 6-2 with a bases-loaded single.

    Todd Haney's eighth inning single scored Sammy Sosa to make it 7-2 Cubs, and the game was basically over at that point. Bonilla's second homer cut the Cubs' lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the eighth, but the Mets didn't score again. Saberhagen took the loss after lasting only five innings.

    The Cubs have overtaken the Mets in the wild card race, but they still trail the Astros by five games with just twelve to play.

    Pirates 4, Braves 3 (ABC: Gary Thorne, Dave Campbell)
    W- Jason Christiansen (2-3)
    L- Greg McMichael (7-3)
    S- Dan Miceli (22)
    HR- PIT: Jay Bell (14)
    ATL: David Justice (25), Chipper Jones (25)

    The Pirates stole a game from the Braves on a beautiful day in Atlanta.. David Justice's first-inning homer gave the Braves a 1-0 lead, but Orlando Merced's third-inning single scored Jacob Brumfield to tie the game at one. The Pirates loaded the bases in the fifth, but couldn't score. Chipper Jones' sixth-inning dinger put the Braves in front 3-1, and they held this lead until Greg McMichael entered in the seventh. Merced's single scored Angelo Encarnacion, and Al Martin's bases-loaded walk scored Brumfield to tie the game at three

    Jay Bell's 8th inning homer went over the left field foul pole and gave the Pirates a 4-3 lead. The Braves nearly come back in the ninth, but Jones grounded out to second to end the game.

    Despite the loss, the Braves have moved closer to the NL East crown, as the Mets' loss to the Cubs drops their magic number to six.

    Rockies 11, Phillies 10 (ABC: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan)
    W: Roger Bailey (8-6)
    L: Russ Springer (1-3)
    HR- COL: Larry Walker (40)

    In one of the best games of the day, the Phillies and the Rockies staged a classic. Larry Walker's first-inning homer brought the sellout crowd at Mile High Stadium to its feet and gave the Rox a 2-0 lead, but the Phils came back in the top of the second with four runs on a Charlie Hayes double, a Darren Daulton triple that scored Hayes and Mickey Morandini, and a Lenny Dykstra single. Hayes added another RBI to his total in the third when his single scored Gregg Jeffries to make it 5-2 Philadelphia.

    John Vander Wal cut the lead to 5-4 with a single in the third that scored Walt Weiss and Walker. The Rox left the bases loaded in the fourth, but came back in the fifth thanks to RBI singles by Joe Girardi and Trenidad Hubbard. The Phillies came back in the sixth to tie the game at six with a Mark Whiten RBI grounder, but Andres Galarraga single in the bottom of the sixth scored Walker and Vander Wal to give the home squad an 8-6 lead.

    The Rockies added two more in the seventh on Weiss's triple and Walker's double, and take their 10-6 lead to the top of the ninth. The first two Philly hitters struck out, but Gregg Jefferies kept the inning alive with a stand-up triple. Morandini then singled to right to score Jeffries. Later in the inning, Darren Holmes threw a wild pitch, scoring Hayes to make it 10-9. Roger Bailey relieved Holmes, but hit Lenny Dykstra, which allowed Kevin Stocker to score the tying run. Whiten had the chance to give the Phils the lead, but flew out to end the inning.

    Walker singled with two out in the bottom of the ninth, then scored the winning run on Vinny Castilla's double to left center, as Stocker's relay throw home arrived just a second too late.

    Phillies pitcher Mike Mimbs allowed thirteen hits in four innings.

    At the moment, the Rox remain three games behind the Dodgers in the West.

    Giants 7, Marlins 2 (ABC: Keith Jackson, Reggie Jackson)
    W: Mark Portugal (12-10)
    L: Willie Banks (2-7)
    HR- SF: Matt Williams (24), Barry Bonds (34), Steve Scarsone (12)

    The Giants won this game before a surprisingly large matinee crowd of over 23,000 at Joe Robbie Stadium The Marlins took a 2-0 first-inning lead with RBI singles by Gary Sheffield and Chuck Carr. In the top of the second, Scarsone's homer to deep center cut the Florida lead to 2-1.

    Matt Williams' three-run homer in the top of the third gave the Giants a 4-2 lead. In the fifth, his double to left center drove in Deion Sanders to make it 5-2 Frisco. Barry Bonds' single drove in Williams to make it 6-2. Bonds homered to center in the eighth to complete the scoring, but tweaked his ankle running the bases and had to leave the game; he's day-to-day/

    Portugal got the win despite throwing just five innings and sixty-nine pitches, while Banks was knocked out of the box after just three innings.

    Now for my report:

    Padres 9, Reds 8 (ABC; Chris Berman, Tommy Hutton)

    The freefall for the NL Central leaders continued, as the Friars scored six in the first two innings off of starter Dave Burba. Assisting in this power explosion was Tony Gwynn, who had a rare two-homer game. The Reds chipped away with the help of four home runs, two by center fielder Thomas Howard. His two-run ninth inning line shot over the wall in right center field off of Padres closer Trevor Hoffman brought the Reds to within 9-8, but Hoffman struck out Barry Larkin to close it out. Gwynn and left fielder Melvin Nieves had four RBIs each for the Pads, while Howard was three for five for the Reds with three RBIs and three runs scored.

    The Reds' lead over the Astros in the Central is now down to a game, while the Padres are within a game and a half of the Dodgers in the West.

    W- Blair (9-5)
    S- Hoffman (32)
    L- Burba (7-3)

    HR- SD: Gwynn 2 (11), Nieves (16)
    CIN: Howard 2 (5), Boone (17), Sanders (30)

    Astros 9, Dodgers 3 (ABC; Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Keith Olbermann)

    The Stros exploded from behind with a five-run fifth to blow away the Dodgers, maintain their lead in the NL Wild Card race, and close to half a game of the Reds. Both left fielder John Cangelosi and catcher Tony Eusebio went four for five, and Eusebio drove in four runs, including two with a fifth-inning single that pus Houston ahead for good. Craig Biggio added two hits and two RBIs.

    The Astrodome rocked as it hasn't since the days of Luv Ya Blue; in fact, for the seventh-inning stretch, the organist plays the old "Houston Oilers #1" fight song. Despite the mismatched lyrics, the crowd stands as one in support of their Stros. Quips Al Michaels: "All we need to make this scene complete are Bum Phillips and Crazy George." Raul Mondesi had two hits and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.

    The Dodgers now lead the Padres by just a game in the West, with the Rockies lurking in third place two games out. Will this be the second year in a row that the Pads catch their SoCal neighbors in the season's final weeks? In other news, the Stros' magic number to clinch the wild card is down to eight.

    W- Kile (5-12)
    L- Park (0-1)

    Expos 1, Cardinals 0 (11 innings; ABC, Bob Ley, Buck Martinez)

    The combined offensive ineptitude of both teams resulted in a total of one run and seven hits. Darrin Fletcher's single drove in pinch hitter Moises Alou with the game winner. Only 17,534 showed up at Busch Stadium, and most of them remained silent throughout the game; they've tired of their team being cellar-dwellers and want a fresh approach, like the one of A's manager Tony LaRussa, for example.

    Rumors today, though, have him checking out the relocated Pirate organization, should it leave Pittsburgh and he be available. Some even suggest that Bucco manager Jim Leyland, despite his word, will leave regardless for a team with a brighter future, but has suggested LaRussa, his mentor, as a possible replacement. No one involved had any comment whatsoever.

    The loss coupled with the Pirates' win in Atlanta drops the Redbirds into last place in the Central.

    W- Shaw (3-6)
    S- Rojas (32)
    L- Parrett (4-8)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 86-62 (Magic Number: 6)
    Mets: 78-71- 8.5 GB
    Expos: 75-74- 11.5 GB
    Marlins: 74-76- 13 GB
    Phillies: 72-78- 15 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 85-65
    Astros: 84-65- .5 GB
    Cubs: 79-71- 6 GB
    Pirates: 63-86- 21.5 GB
    Cardinals: 62-87- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 77-73
    Padres: 75-73- 1 GB
    Rockies: 74-74- 2 GB
    Giants: 62-87- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 84-65 (Magic Number: 8)
    Cubs: 79-71- 5.5 GB

    Next: We look at April 9.

    Thoughts?
     
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  12. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now here's the action for Sunday, April 9:

    Astros 8, Dodgers 7 (ABC: Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver)

    The Astros got a game-winning single from John Cangelosi in the bottom of the ninth after blowing a 7-2 lead in the top of the ninth. Jeff Bagwell and Rick Wilkins homered for the Stros, whose miracle run continues as they tie the Reds for the Central lead. Meanwhile, the Dodgers' lead over the Padres is down to half a game.

    W- Daugherty (9-4)
    L- Osuna (2-5)

    HR- HOU: Bagwell (25), Wilkins (2)

    Cardinals 2, Expos 1 (ABC; Bob Ley, Buck Martinez)

    The lack of offense continued where it left off yesterday, although one of the teams actually showed a bit of power when Sean Berry homered for the Spos in the third. The game-winning hit comes on a sixth-inning double by Ray Lankford that drove in shortstop Jose Oquendo, who was making his return to the Cardinal lineup. .Lankford was the overall hitting star of the game, going three for four. John Mabry had two hits for the Cardinals, while Moises Alou went two for four for Montreal.

    W- Petkovsek (7-8)
    S- Henke (38)
    L- Heredia (5-7)

    Rockies 10, Phillies 7 (ABC: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Gary Miller)

    The Rox used a six-run third, including a 447-foot mortar shot by Dante Bichette,, to turn back the Phils. Ellis Burks went three for four for Colorado, while Lenny Dykstra and Kevin Stocker went deep for the Fightins. The win, combind with the Dodgers' loss in Houston, puts the Blake Street Bombers within a game of first place in the NL West, but not before the Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Roger Bailay came on to strike out Charlie Hayes and get Kevin Stocker to ground one to short, where Walt Weiss made a diving stop to prevent a single that would have cut the Rockies' lead to one and kept the Phils alive.

    W- Ritz (12-11)
    S- Bailey (1)
    L- Quantril (13-13)

    HR- PHI: Dykstra (3), Stocker (2)
    COL: Bichette (43)

    Pirates 8, Braves 7 (ABC: Gary Thorne, Dave Campbell)

    The Battlin' Bucs upset the Braves for the second day in a row to take the series, led offensively by third baseman Jeff King, whose three-run homer in the third staked the Bucs to a 5-0 lead against starter Kent Mercker. Catcher Don Slaught added three hits. Meanwhile, Ryan Klesko went three for four for Atlanta, including an eighth-inning homer to reduce the Bucco lead to one, and catcher Javy Lopez went four for five.

    The Bucs got the scare of their lives in the ninth, when Mark Lemke laced Jason Christiansen's first pitch for a triple. Jim Leyland went to his eighth pitcher of the day, closer Dan Miceli, who struck out pinch hitter Mike Devereaux and Marquis Grissom. David Justice then took Miceli's first pitch to him deep to left, and Fulton County Stadium rose to its feet in anticipation of a game-winning homer. But Al Martin leapt at the last second and made a circus catch above the home run line to preserve the victory. (Not exactly revenge for 1992, but we''ll take it.)

    The Braves' magic number to clinch the East remains at six for the moment.

    W- Gott (3-4)
    S- Miceli (23)
    L- Mercker (7-9)

    HR- PIT: King (20), Johnson (14)
    ATL: Klesko (25)

    Marlins 7, Giants 2 (ABC: Keith Jackson, Reggie Jackson)

    John Burkett struck out ten Giants and only gave up a fifth-inning two-run homer to Deion Sanders as the Fish cruised to victory. The major part of the offense for Florida came from Jeff Conine, who started in center field today. He was two for three and drove in three runs. Left fielder Gary Sheffield added two hits and two RBis, while second baseman Quilvio Veras went two for four and scored twice.

    Because of the gorgeous weather, the Marlins drew over 25,000 fans to Joe Robbie Stadium, their highest attendance in quite a while. Could the pundits be wrong about the future of baseball in South Florida?

    W- Burkett (15-15)
    L- Leiter (10-14)

    HR- SF: Sanders (6)

    Mets 6, Cubs 3 (ABC: Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat, Keith Olbermann)

    Local boy Rico Brogna produced the lion's share of the Mets' offense, driving in three runs and going two for four, while the Cubs waste another three-hit performance by Brian McRae. At the end of the day, the Cubs will be six and a half out in the Wild Card race, but they go home to face the slumping Reds in what has suddenly become one of the hottest series of the coming week.

    Meanwhile, there's speculation in the New York Daily News that Dallas Green could be on the hot seat thanks to the firing of Brooklyn native Joe Torre in St. Louis, but that he could also land on his feet across the river at Yankee Stadium, since Buck Showalter isn't expected to return next season as Yankee manager. Green pooh-poohed the idea: "Once around that merry-go-round is enough, let me tell you."

    The Mets now lead the Cubs for second place in the wild card race by half a game.

    W- Minor (5-2)
    S- Franco (30)
    L- Castillo (11-11)

    Padres 5, Reds 4 (ABC: Chris Berman, Tommy Hutton)

    It went from bad to worse for the former NL Central leaders. They built a 4-0 lead through eight innings, fueled by three Reggie Sanders RBIs, two of them on an upper-deck home run to right field in the bottom of the first off of Padres starter Fernando Valenzuela. Then, in the ninth, it all falls apart. Starter Pete Schourek gave up a double to Ken Caminiti. Then Tony Gwynn skied one to right, which Sanders lost in the sun. One out later, Bip Roberts singled to center to bring home Caminiti.

    Reds skipper Davey Johnson called on closer Jeff Brantley to put out the fire, but Andujar Cedeno lined his first pitch to right for a double to score Gwynn and Roberts and cut the Cincy lead to one. Brantley got Jody Reed to ground out, but pinch hitter Marc Newfield beat out an infield hit to keep the inning going. Next up is Steve Finley, who hits Brantley's one-one pitch deep to right. Sanders thought he got a bead on it , but it carried over his head and slammed off the top of the wall. Cedeno scored easily, but Sanders played the hop beautifully and unleashed a perfect throw to the plate that looked to get Newfield comfortably. But Newfield took a page out of the book of Junior Seau and caught Benito Santiago right in the ribs with a beautiful flying tackle. Both men were knocked silly momentarily, but Newfield was safe.

    Trevor Hoffman retired the Reds one-two-three in the bottom of the ninth, and they thus fell into second place in the Central, half a game behind the Stros. Meanwhile, the Padres have tied the Dodgers for the lead in the West.

    W- Florie (3-2)
    S- Hoffman (33)
    L- Brantley (3-3)

    HR- CIN: Sanders (31)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 86-63 (Magic Number: 6)
    Mets: 79-71- 7.5 GB
    Expos: 75-75- 11.5 GB
    Marlins: 75-76- 12 GB
    Phillies: 72-79- 15 GB

    In the Central:

    Astros: 85-65
    Reds: 85-66- .5 GB
    Cubs: 79-72- 6.5 GB
    Pirates: 64-86- 21 GB
    Cardinals: 63-87- 22 GB

    In the West:

    (tie) Dodgers: 77-74
    (tie) Padres: 76-73
    Rockies: 75-74- 1 GB
    Giants: 62-88- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Reds: 85-66 (Magic Number: 7)
    Mets: 79-71- 5.5 GB

    Note: Today's loss by the Phillies eliminates them from Wild Card contention.

    Next: We look at April 10.

    Thoughts?
     
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  13. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now here's the action for Monday, April 10. We begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Expos 10, Rockies 5
    W- Tim Scott (3-0)
    L- Darren Holmes (6-2)
    HR- COL: Larry Walker (41), Vinny Castilla (34)

    Vinny Castilla's second-inning homer gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead, but Wil Cordero's single ties the game in the top of the fifth, Andres Galarraga's single in the bottom of the fifth gave them the lead again at 2-1, but the Spos scored three times in the top of the sixth on singles by David Segui and Darren Fletcher and a force out from Moises Alou.

    The Rockies tie the game at four in the bottom of the eighth on Larry Walker's two-run homer, but the visitors scored six times in the ninth to put the game away. Mike Lansing's triple scored Cordero and Tony Tarasco. and Segui singled and scored on a double by Rondell White. Fletcher's two-run single drove in Sean Berry, who had scored earlier on Alou's force out, and White. Joe Girardi's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth drove in Ellis Burks with the game's final run.

    This game was played in single-digit wind chills, mostly because the forecast for tomorrow isn't much better.

    The Rockies are now a game and a half behind the Dodgers and Padres in the West.

    Cardinals 3, Phillies 1
    W- Rich Delucia (9-7)
    L- Tyler Green (9-9)
    S- Tom Henke (37)
    HR- STL: Bernard Gilkey (19)

    The Cardinals won this day game at the Vet. Bernard Gilkey's first-inning homer gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead, but Kevin Stocker's second inning single scored Mickey Morandini to tie the game at one. The Cardinals took the lead for good in the seventh, as David Bell's single scored catcher Danny Sheaffer and Todd Zeile's double-play grounder brought home Ozzie Smith.

    Now for my report:

    Pirates 4, Mets 3

    Jeff King's seventh-inning double scored Jacob Brumfield with the winning run as the Buccos downed the Mets before a Businessperson's Special crowd at Three Rivers. Catcher Don Slaught went three for four, while right fielder Orlando Merced went two for four and drove in two runs. The Mets got RBIs from second baseman Jeff Kent and left fielder Ryan Thompson.

    Unconfirmed reports circulate before the game that a young man from Pittsburgh now working in Dallas by the name of Mark Cuban is trying to put together a group to buy the team from its current owners, but there is no official comment. The prevailing fan favorites to wind up with the team are Dan Rooney and his son Art II, the owners of the Steelers, especially now that the NFL's rules against owning teams in other professional sports leagues have been substantially relaxed, but they have yet to make an offer at this time.

    The Mets' tragic number in the East has dropped to five, and they're now tied for second in the Wild Card Race with the Cubs.

    W- Plesac (5-4)
    S- Miceli (23)
    L.- Jones (11-11)

    Reds 11, Padres 8 (10 innings)

    Things looked to be going from bad to worse early on in this one for the Reds, as they traiedl 5-0 after two and 8-1 after four. Faced with the prospect of flushing their season totally down the drain, however, the Reds came storming back, scoring five in the fifth including a moon shot to dead center by Ron Gant. They completed their comeback in the seventh when Reggie Sanders went deep off of Bryce Florie for a two-run shot that tied the score at eight.

    In the bottom of the tenth after one out, Benito Santiago singled to left. Bret Boone then grounded one back to the mound that glanced off the glove of pitcher Andres Berumen before he could knock it down. After a Jeff Branson flyout failed to advance the runners, Reds skipper Davey Johnson decided to roll the dice and have pitcher Chuck McElroy bat for himself. Here's Marty Brennaman:

    "Tied at eight, bottom of the tenth. This is a strange move by Davey, there are two outs, and Chuck isn't exactly the greatest hitter in the world. Probably looking to extend him another inning. Low, ball one. I'm sure he has instructions not to even take the bat off his shoulder. The 1-0. low, 2-0. Even a little bleeder might surprise the infield enough to get Benito home or at least load 'em up for Howard. Swinging on 2-0........driven to center, got good wood on it, get down, get down....... still carrying......... OH, MY GOD!!!!!! IT'S GONE!!!!!!!!! CHUCK MCELROY HAS HONEST TO GOD HIT A HOME RUN TO WIN IT FOR THE REDS!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this really happening? I hope we don't ever wake up from this!!!!!!! They've got him on their shoulders, Berumen is being helped off the mound; he's so shocked he can't stand up! We're meant to win it this year after all. The relief pitcher has hit a home run to win it, so you know it's meant to be. Your impossible final score, the Reds 11, the Padres 8. Yes, this one belongs to the Reds, and we're not giving it back!"

    The Reds are now tied with the Astros for both the wild card lead and the Central Division lead, while the Padres have fallen a half-game behind the Dodgers in the West:

    W- McElroy (4-4)
    L- Berumen (2-4)

    HR- CIN: Sanders (32), Gant (32), Branson (13), McElroy (1)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings. We begin in the East:

    Braves: 86-63 (Magic Number: 5)
    Mets: 79-72- 8 GB
    Expos: 76-75- 11 GB
    Marlins: 75-76- 12 GB
    Phillies: 72-80- 15.5 GB

    In the Central:

    (tie) Reds: 86-66
    (tie) Astros: 85-65
    Cubs: 79-72- 6.5 GB
    Pirates: 65-86- 20.5 GB
    Cardinals: 64-87- 21.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 77-74
    Padres: 76-74- .5 GB
    Rockies: 75-75- 1.5 GB
    Giants: 62-88- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    (tie) Reds: 86-66
    (tie) Astros: 85-65

    (tie) Mets: 79-72- 6.5 GB
    (tie) Cubs: 79-72- 6.5 GB

    Even though the Reds and Astros are in a virtual tie, the Reds technically lead the Wild Card standings at the moment because their magic number to clinch the spot is five, while the Astros' magic number is six.

    Next: We examine April 11.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  14. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now let's look at Tuesday, April 11. We begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Braves 4, Padres 2
    W- Steve Avery (8-14)
    L:- Fernando Valenzuela (8-4)
    S- Mark Wohlers (26)
    HR- SD: Phil Plantier (10)
    ATL: Ryan Klesko (25)

    The Braves got good hitting from many of their stars as they cooled off the Padres and moved a step closer to the Eastern title. Phil Plantier hit a two-run homer in the second to give the Padres a 2-0 lead, but that's all they got. Klesko's upper-deck homer to left in the fourth cut the San Diego lead to 2-1, and the Braves took the lead for good in the fifth. Steve Avery helped himself with a single to right that scored Jeff Blauser, and Marquis Grissom slaps a double right along the RF line, scoring Mark Lemke. These were just two of four hits in the inning.

    In the eighth, the Braves added another run when Fred McGriff doubled to right off of Bryce Florie. That's all they needed, as Steve Avery allowed just three hits and Mark Wohlers had a perfect ninth to record the save.

    The Padres have now dropped a game behind the Dodgers in the West, while the Braves' magic number to clinch the East has dropped to four.

    Dodgers 4, Marlins 2 (ESPN: Gary Thorne, Dave Campbell)
    W- Pedro Astacio (8-8)
    L- Mark Gardner (5-6)
    S- Todd Worrell (34)
    HR- LA: Delino Deshields (9), Billy Ashley (9)

    The Dodgers increased their lead in the West by defeating the Fish. Jose Offerman's double scored Delino Deshields in the first to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, but the Marlins scored twice in the second thanks to Andre Dawson's double and Kurt Abbott's single. Raul Mondesi tied the game with a third-inning double that scored Mike Piazza.

    The seventh is the big inning for the Dodgers, as Deshields and Billy Ashley homered to give the Dodgers a 4-2 lead. Closer Todd Worrell struck out two of the three men he faced in the ninth to wrap up the win. The Dodgers succeeded despite Offerman's defensive woes; he committed two errors.

    The Bums now lead the Padres by a game and a half in the West.

    Expos 5, Rockies 3
    W- Carlos Perez (12-8)
    L- Steve Reed (5-3)
    S- Mel Rojas (33)
    HR- MTL: Rondell White (15), Moises Alou (15)

    The Expos notched their second straight win over the suddenly slumping Rox in another game played with wind chills in the single digits.. Dante Bichette's first-inning single gave the home squad a 1-0 lead, and it held up until the top of the fifth when Rondell White's solo homer tied the game at one. The Rockies took a 3-1 lead when Eric Young doubled to left to score Jorge Brito and Walt Weiss doubled to drive in Young.

    In the top of the sixth, the Expos took the lead when Shane Andrews bounced into a forceout to drive in Mike Lansing, followed by Moises Alou's two-run homer. David Segui's seventh-inning single scored Tony Tarasco to make it 5-3. In the eighth, the Rockies had runners at first and third with nobody out, but the next three batters were all struck out looking by Tim Scott. Mel Rojas got the save with a ten- pitch ninth.

    The Rockies now trail the Dodgers by two and a half games in the West.

    Phillies 6, Cardinals 1
    W- Mike Williams (3-4)
    L- Donovan Osborne (6-6)
    HR- PHI: Lenny Dykstra (4), Jeff Juden (1), Charlie Hayes (12)

    The Phillies rolled to an easy win over the Redbirds. Lenny Dykstra homered to start the game. and Gregg Jefferies's double, scored Jim Eisenreich to give the Phils a 2-0 lead. Pitcher Jeff Juden later homered to center to make it 3-0. Charlie Hayes' two-run shot to left center made it 5-0 in the sixth, and his eighth-inning double scored Mickey Morandini to make it 6-0.

    In the ninth, the Cardinals got on the board, as Jose Oquendo's Texas League double drove in their only run. Reliever Mike Williams pitched two and two-thirds innings to get the win.

    Giants 7, Astros 5
    W- Sergio Valdez (5-5)
    L- Doug Drabek (10-10)
    S- Scott Service (1)

    The Giants stunned the Astros to knock them back into second place in the Central. In the first inning, John Cangelosi's single scored Derek Bell, and a Jeff Bagwell groundout scored Cangelosi to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. The Giants came back in the bottom of the inning, as Mark Carreon's single scored Deion Sanders, and Royce Clayton's double scores Darren Lewis and Carreon to give the G-Men a 3-2 lead. The Giants scored three more in the third, as Deion tripled in a run, followed by a Robby Thompson sac fly that made it 5-2. Brian Hunter then botched a fly ball to score Carreon and make it 6-2.

    The Astros came back in the sixth, as Orlando Miller's double and Brian Miller's single made it 6-4. Clayton's single in the seventh scored Deion and gave the Giants a 7-4 lead. The score stayed the same until the ninth, when closer Rod Beck got the first two outs. But Craig Biggio's single drove in Bell to cut the Frisco lead to 7-5, and after Beck was called for a balk he was pulled in favor of Scott Service, who punched out Dave Magadan to end the game.

    The Astros now trail the Reds by half a game in the Central, and their deficit could be a game pending the result from Wrigley Field, where the Reds are facing the Cubs.

    Now for my report:

    Pirates 4, Mets 1

    Orlando Merced hit a 428-foot rocket into the second deck in center field in the bottom of the first, and Denny Neagle threw a three-hitter to pace the Bucco victory. Neagle threw only a hundred and three pitches; the only Mets RBI belonged to catcher Todd Hundley. First baseman Jeff King had the other Pirate RBI. Attendance on a cold night in Pittsburgh: 3,986.

    The Mets' elimination number in the East has now dropped to three.

    W- Neagle (14-9)
    L- Milicki (9-8)

    HR- PIT: Merced (16)

    Cubs 5, Reds 4

    The Reds' awful slide continues, although they're still tied for the Central and Wild Card leads because the Astros lost as well. Center fielder Scott Bullett, right fielder Sammy Sosa, and catcher Scott Servais all had two hits for the Cubbies, while the Reds wasted a four-for-five day by first baseman Hal Morris and four Barry Larkin stolen bases.

    The Cubs tied the game in the seventh when Reds catcher Benito Santiago overthrew an attempt to pick Bullett off of third base, and win it in the bottom of the ninth when Jose Hernandez singled to left center and scored when pinch hitter Ozzie Timmons hit a sad-looking little bloop that just had enough strength to fall in and skitter halfway down the line, By the time Reggie Sanders and Mariano Duncan got to it, Hernandez was rounding third. Duncan fired to the plate, but Hernandez stomped on it before Santiago could apply the tag as Wrigley Field went bananas.

    W- Perez (4-6)
    L- Jackson (6-2)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 87-63 (Magic Number: 3)
    Mets: 79-73- 9 GB
    Expos: 77-75- 11 GB
    Marlins: 75-77- 13 GB
    Phillies: 73-80- 15.5 GB

    In the Central:

    (tie) Reds: 86-67
    (tie) Astros: 85-66
    Cubs: 80-72- 5.5 GB
    Pirates: 66-86- 19.5 GB
    Cardinals: 64-88- 21.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 78-74 (Magic Number: 10)
    Padres: 76-75- 1.5 GB
    Rockies: 75-76- 2.5 GB
    Giants: 63-88- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    (tie) Reds: 86-67
    (tie) Astros: 85-66
    Cubs: 80-72- 5.5 GB

    Note: The Reds technically lead the Wild Card race because their magic number to clinch the spot is five, while the Astros' is six.

    Next: We take a look at April 12.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2019
  15. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now here's the action for Wednesday, April 12. We begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Braves 6, Padres 3
    W- Greg McMichael (8-3)
    L- Doug Bochtler (5-4)
    HR- ATL: David Justice (26), Javy Lopez (15), Fred McGriff (28), Jeff Blauser (14)

    The Braves came from behind to defeat the Padres, with the game-winning blow being David Justice's ninth-inning homer. John Smoltz pitched seven and two-thirds innings but came away with a no-decision.

    The Braves' magic number to clinch the East is down to two, while the Padres now trail the Dodgers by two full games in the West.

    Phillies 3, Cardinals 1
    W- Curt Schilling (8-5)
    L- Danny Jackson (2-13)
    S- Heathcliff Slocumb (34)
    HR- STL: Jose Oquendo (3, fourth, solo),
    PHI: Gregg Jefferies (12, fourth, solo)

    The Phillies threw a two-hitter against the Cardinals, with their bullpen allowing no hits over the final four innings. Kevin Stocker's single in the fourth drove in Mickey Morandini with the go-ahead run, and Gregg Jeffries' double in the fifth provided insurance.

    Marlins 6, Dodgers 2 (ESPN: Gary Thorne, Dave Campbell)
    W- Pat Rapp (16-7)
    L- Tom Candiotti (7-16)

    The Fish and Bums combined to commit eight errors, three of them by Florida shortstop Kurt Abbott, but Pat Rapp's eight solid innings on the hill are the winning difference.

    The Dodgers' lead over the Padres in the West is back down to a game and a half, and their magic number to clinch the West remains at nine.

    Giants 8, Astros 7 (12 innings)
    W: Joe Rosselli (3-1)
    L: Todd Jones (6-6)
    HR- SF: Mark Carreon (18, seventh, two-run), Tom Lampkin (2, fourth, three-run)

    The Giants won a game that severely depleted both pitching staffs; each team used nine pitchers. The Astros had a 4-0 lead after three innings, led by a two-run Craig Biggio double (Note: Joe Ray doesn't say in which inning the double occurred) Tom Lampkin cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth with his home run, and the Giants took a 5-4 lead in the fifth when Royce Clayton's single scored Deion Sanders.

    The Astros retook the lead 7-5 lead in the top of the seventh when Brian Hunter's double scored Dave Magadan and Ricky Gutierrez, but Carreon tied the game in the bottom of the inning with his two-run homer to left. The go-ahead run for Frisco was cut down at the plate in the bottom of the eighth, as Houston catcher Scott Servais tagged out counterpart Steve Scarsone despite being bowled over. Servais left the game with an undisclosed injury as a result. The Giants also had runners at second and third in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to score. The Giants finally won the game in the bottom of the twelfth, when Darren Lewis' base hit to left center drove in Mike Benjamin with the winning run. Time of the game: four hours and thirty-eight minutes.

    The starting rotations for both teams figure to be compromised for the next few days, as the Giants used Sergio Valdez out of their bullpen, while the Stros used Darryl Kile and Greg Swindell.

    The Stros fall into second place in the Central for the moment, half a game behind the Reds.

    Now for my report:

    Mets 5, Pirates 1

    The Mets got two RBIs each from Rico Brogna and Todd Hundley to take this rather humdrum affair before a little over five thousand fans at Three Rivers. Hundley's two RBIs came on a 440-foot homer to center in the sixth. Jay Bell had the lone Pirate RBI, and Jacob Brumfield collected three hits to pace the Pirate offense.

    In other news, there are rumors floating that a buyer from California, Sacramento to be exact, has made a bid for the Pirates that would allow them to stay in Pittsburgh. More on this story in the coming weeks.

    W- Harnisch (3-8)
    L- Wagner (5-18)

    HR- NYM: Hundley (20)

    Reds 8, Cubs 6

    The Reds scored five in the first off of Steve Trachsel and cruised until the ninth, when a bases-loaded triple by Mark Grace brought the Cubs back to within 8-6. But Jeff Brantley got Sammy Sosa to ground out to first to end the game. The Reds' main offensive star is catcher Eddie Taubensee, who went four for five with four runs batted in. First baseman Brian Hunter went three for four and scored three times. The Cubs, meanwhile, wasted a three-for-four performance by second baseman Jose Hernandez.

    The loss couldn't have come at a worse time for the Cubs, who need every win they can get to stay in Wild Card contention. Meanwhile, the Reds lead the Stros by a game in the Central with just eight games to play for themselves and ten for Houston.

    W- Viola (1-1)
    S- Brantley (30)
    L- Trachsel (7-15)

    HR- CHC: Johnson (8), Gonzalez (8)

    Now it's time for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 88-63 (Magic Number: 2)
    Mets: 80-73- 9 GB
    Expos: 77-75- 11.5 GB
    Marlins: 76-77- 13 GB
    Phillies: 74-80- 15.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 87-67 (Magic Number: 9)
    Astros: 85-67- 1 GB
    Cubs: 80-73- 6.5 GB
    Pirates: 66-87- 20.5 GB
    Cardinals: 64-89- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 78-75 (Magic Number: 9)
    Padres: 76-76- 1.5 GB
    Rockies: 75-76- 2 GB
    Giants: 64-88- 13.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 85-67 (Magic Number: 5)
    (tie) Cubs: 80-73- 5.5 GB
    (tie) Mets: 80-73- 5.5 GB

    Next: We look at the action for April 13.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  16. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now here's the action for Thursday, April 13. We begin with my report:

    Mets 5, Cubs 4

    The Amazins built up a 5-0 second-inning lead after home runs from Alex Ochoa, Rico Brogna, and Carl Everett, then managed to hold off a furious Cubbie rally. Everett's homer was part of a three-for-four day for the New York center fielder. A Jose Hernandez sixth-inning shot that almost landed on an adjacent rooftop in deep center field an estimated 472 feet from home plate, brought the Cubs back to within 5-4, but Mets closer John Franco got pinch-hitter Ozzie Timmons to ground into a double play to end the game.

    This loss puts an almost certain end to all but the slimmest of Cub playoff hopes, as they drop six games behind the surging Astros in the NL Wild Card race. Meanwhile, the Mets are still clinging to faint hopes of winning the East, as their elimination number remains at two.

    W- Pulsipher (7-7)
    S- Franco (31)
    L- Foster (13-12)

    HR- NYM: Ochoa (2), Everett (15), Brogna (23)
    CHC: Hernandez (18)

    Now for Joe Ray's report:

    Braves 3, Padres 2
    W- Greg Maddux (21-2)
    L- Trevor Hoffman (7-5)
    HR- SD: Eddie Williams (13, ninth, two-run),
    ATL: Javy Lopez (16, second, solo)

    The Braves swept the Friars behind Greg Maddux's complete-game six-hitter, although it took Maddux a hundred and sixteen pitches to do it. Jeff Blauser doubled in Javy Lopez and Mike Mordecai in the bottom of the ninth with the winning runs. The Padres had a chance to put the game away in the sixth, but left the bases loaded.

    The Padres again trail the Dodgers by two full games in the West, and the Dodgers' magic number to clinch the division has fallen to eight. Meanwhile, the Braves have clinched at least a tie for the Eastern Division title.

    Astros 6, Dodgers 4
    W- Doug Brocail (7-5)
    L- Ramon Martinez (18-8)
    S- Todd Jones (16)
    HR- LA: Mike Piazza (34, third, two-run)
    HOU: Craig Biggio (23, sixth, three-run), Dave Magadan (3, sixth, solo), Orlando Miller (6, fifth, two-run)

    The Astros scored four times in the sixth to erase a 4-2 Dodger lead. The Houston bullpen held the Men in Blue scoreless over the final four and a third innings. The highlight of the evening for Los Angeles was Mike Piazza's homer into the center field upper deck in the third.

    The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the West stays at eight, while the Astros are within half a game of the Reds for the Central lead.

    Reds 6, Giants 1
    W- Dave Burba (8-2)
    L- Terry Mulholland (5-15)
    S- Xavier Hernandez (4)
    HR- CIN: Barry Larkin (third, 16, solo), Reggie Sanders (31, ninth, two-run), Hal Morris (8th, three-run, 12)

    The Reds kept the Stros at bay by defeating the Giants at Candlestick Park All of their runs came on home runs; Barry Larkin led the charge with a solo shot in the third. The Reds take a 6-0 lead into the ninth, but Barry Bonds spoiled the shutout with an RBI single. before Xavier Hernandez shut the door to earn the save. Hal Morris drove in three runs for the victorious Reds.

    The Reds once again lead the Astros by a full game in the Central, and their magic number to win the title is now eight.

    Phillies 5, Rockies 1
    W- Ricky Bottalico (6-3)
    L- Steve Reed (5-4)
    HR- PHI: Mark Whiten 2 (16, sixth, solo; 17, seventh, three-run)

    The Phils put a huge crimp in the Rox' playoff plans with another important win. The game wa scoreless until the top of the sixth, when Dante Bichette's single to left center drove in Roberto Meija. Mark Whiten tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a homer that barely cleared the left field wall. Charlie Hayes' base hit later in the inning gave the Fightins a 2-1 lead. They solidified that lead when Whiten homered off the left field foul pole in the bottom of the eight to increase their lead to 5-1. Russ Springer pitched a perfect ninth.

    The Rox remain two full games back in the West with just ten to play.

    Expos 4, Cardinals 3
    W- Gil Heredia (6-7)
    L- Allen Watson (7-10)
    S- Mel Rojas (34)

    The Spos led 3-0 after four thanks to a Moises Alou double and a Wil Cordero triple, but Jose Oliva's bases-clearing double in the top of the fifth scored Ramon Caraballo (who stole two bases), Ray Lankford, and Bernard Gilkey to tie the game at three. Sean Berry's double in the bottom half of the inning drove in the game-winning run. Gil Heredia threw three and a third scoreless innings, and Mel Rojas pitched the ninth to earn the save.

    With the home team all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, this game drew only slightly more than nine thousand fans to Olympic Stadium.

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 89-63 (Magic Number: 1)
    Mets: 81-73- 9 GB
    Expos: 78-75- 11.5 GB
    Marlins: 76-77- 13.5 GB
    Phillies: 75-80- 15.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 88-67 (Magic Number: 8)
    Astros: 86-67- 1 GB
    Cubs: 80-74- 7.5 GB
    Pirates: 66-87- 21 GB
    Cardinals: 64-90- 23.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 78-76 (Magic Number: 8)
    Padres: 76-77- 1.5 GB
    Rockies: 75-77- 2 GB
    Giants: 64-89- 13.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 86-67 (Magic Number: 4)
    Mets: 81-73- 5.5 GB

    Note: The Marlins, Padres, and Rockies have all been officially eliminated from wild card contention.

    Next: We look at April 14.

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019
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  17. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now let's look at the action for Friday, April 14. We begin with my report:

    Braves 10, Pirates 7

    The Braves clinched the Eastern Division title thanks to a massive meltdown by the home squad. The Bucs had a 7-3 lead after six, but reliever Jeff McCurry gave up a pair of two-run homers to Chipper Jones and Ryan Klesko to tie the game. In the ninth, Jason Christiansen walked Fred McGriff and David Justice, then fed Klesko a fat one down the middle that ended up over the center field wall to establish the winning margin. Klesko drove in a total of six runs on the night. Al Martin's four-for-five night, which included a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, is thus wasted by the Buccos.

    On the ownership front, the California mystery man mentioned earlier this week has a name: Kevin McClatchy, who was spotted in the private box of Pirates CEO Doug Danforth at tonight's game. No one commented on the rumors, but the sense of doom and gloom surrounding the Pirate franchise is starting to show signs of lifting everywhere except on the field.

    W- Clontz (9-1)
    S- Wohlers (27)
    L- Christiansen (2-4)

    HR- ATL: Klesko 2 (28), Jones (26)
    PIT: Martin (14)

    Mets 12, Cubs 7

    The wind blew way out at Wrigley Field today, and the Cubbies' playoff hopes just may have gone with it. Rico Brogna went deep for the second day in a row, and Todd Hundley smacked two more homers for the Metsies, with the big one an eighth-inning grand slam that Sammy Sosa leapt into the ivy to try to catch, only to have one of the vines stick him in the eye. He should be all right for tomorrow's game.

    Jose Vizcaino had four hits for the Mets, and Shawon Dunston had four for the Cubs, who are fading faster than the April sunlight at rush hour.

    W- Saberhagen (6-6)
    L- Bullinger (13-9)

    HR- NYM: Brogna (24), Hundley 2 (22)
    CHC: Servais (13)

    Padres 6, Marlins 5
    W- Trevor Hoffman (8-5)
    L- Mark Gardner (5-7)
    HR- SD: Eddie Williams 2 (14, three-run, sixth; 15, solo, eighth)
    FLA: Gary Sheffield (first, two-run, 17), Qulivio Veras (ninth, solo, 6), Greg Colbrunn (fourth, solo, 24)

    Bip Roberts doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, and Joey Hamilton allowed only six hits over eight innings.

    The Padres are back to within a game of the Dodgers in the West, pending the Astros-Dodgers result from Chavez Ravine.

    Expos 3, Cardinals 2
    W- Jeff Fassero (14-14)
    L- Ken Hill (6-9)
    S- Mel Rojas (35)
    HR- STL: Ray Lankford (26, sixth, solo)

    Jeff Fassero threw six innings of six-hit ball in the Sops' victory. They took the lead with two runs in the third, as Sean Berry walked with the bases loaded and Rondell White grounded into a double play ball, which drove in Mike Lansing. The Cardinals put a runner on in the ninth, but a double-play grounder ended the game. (Note: Joe Ray doesn't say who grounded into the double play.)

    Rockies 5, Phillies 3
    W- Kevin Ritz (13-11)
    L- Mike Mimbs (9-9)
    S- Curtis Leskanic (11)
    HR- PHI: Tony Longmire (5, ninth, solo), Andres Galarraga (33, fourth, solo)

    The Rox scored three times in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie, as Walt Weiss' double drove in John Vander Wal and Eric Young and Larry Walker's single scored Weiss. The Phils were turned away after putting two on in the eighth, and could only manage a run in the bottom of the ninth on Tony Longmire' pinch-hit homer.

    The Rox are still two games behind the Dodgers, as they, like the Padres, await the result from Dodger Stadium.

    Giants 8, Reds 2
    W- William Vanlandingham (7-3)
    L- Jose Rijo (5-6)
    HR- SF: Glenallen Hill (25, eighth, solo)

    The Giants blew out the Reds at Candlestick, which prevented the Reds from getting closer to clinching in the Central. William Vanlandingham allowed just three hits in seven innings, striking out five. The big inning for the G-Men was a five-run second, which started when Barry Bonds tripled. Robby Thompson walked, and Kirt Manwaring singled to drive in Bonds. Vanlandingham helped his own cause by singling in Thompson, which was followed by Glenallen Hill's single scoring Manwaring. Deion Sanders continued the festivities with a base hit that scored Vanlandingham, and Matt Williams topped it off with a single that plated Hill. The home squad added a run in the fifth when Manwaring singled home Mark Carreon and another in the sixth when Williams' double drove in Deion.

    Eddie Taubensee cut the lead to 5-1 in the third with a single that scored Barry Larkin, and in the eighth, he cut the lead to 7-2 with an RBI double. Chris Hook pitched the final inning and two-thirds for the Giants.

    The Reds' lead over the Astros in the Central is still at a game.

    Dodgers 5, Astros 2
    W- Hideo Nomo (14-6)
    L- Mike Hampton (10-9)
    S- Todd Worrell (35)

    Nomomania enveloped Dodger Stadium, as over 47,000 fans packed the place to watch Nomo strike out eleven in six innings while allowing just five hits. Unfortunately, he also walked five. Derek Bell's second- inning single gave the Astros a 1-0 lead, but the Dodgers scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth on Tim Wallach's double and Billy Ashley's single.

    The lead was cut to 3-2 on a Nomo wild pitch, and trainers believe that he may have pulled a leg muscle while throwing it. (Note: Joe Ray doesn't specify the inning when the wild pitch was thrown.) In the eighth, the Dodgers got two insurance runs on Roberto Kelly's RBI single and Jose Offerman's fielder's choice. Worrell closed things out in the ninth.

    The Dodgers' lead over the Padres remains at a game and a half as a result of the victory, and both their own magic number in the West and the Reds' magic number in the Central have been reduced to seven. The Stros' magic number to clinch the wild card spot stays at four.

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 90-63 (clinched)
    Mets: 82-73- 9 GB
    Expos: 79-75- 11.5 GB
    Marlins: 76-78- 14.5 GB
    Phillies: 75-81- 16.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 88-68 (Magic Number: 7)
    Astros: 86-68- 1 GB
    Cubs: 80-75- 7.5 GB
    Pirates: 66-88- 21 GB
    Cardinals: 64-91- 23.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 79-76 (Magic Number: 7)
    Padres: 77-77- 1.5 GB
    Rockies: 76-77- 2 GB
    Giants: 65-89- 13.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 86-68 (Magic Number: 4)
    Mets: 82-73- 4.5 GB

    Note: Due to the collective bargaining agreement not officially taking effect until April 26, all non-essential games will be canceled to reduce injury risk by the players. Our first two of these will be the final two games of the Braves-Pirates series scheduled for this weekend. More will be added as circumstances warrant.
     
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  18. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now here's the action for Saturday, April 15: We begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Marlins 5, Padres 2 (ABC: Keith Jackson, Reggie Jackson)
    W- Terry Mathews (5-4)
    L- Brian Williams (3-11)
    S- Robb Nen (24)

    Greg Colbrunn drove in three runs, with his bg blow being a two-run double in the eighth, while Chris Hammond gave up eight hits in six innings. Robb Nen pitched a perfect ninth to seal the win for Florida.

    The Padres are now two games behind the Dodgers in the West.

    Dodgers 5, Astros 1 (ABC: Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Gary Miller)
    W- Ismael Valdes (15-11)
    L- Darryl Kile (5-13)

    Ismael Valdes pitched a eight-hit shutout for the Dodgers, striking out nine in a hundred and twenty pitches. Delino DeShields had two stolen bases, a walk, and two runs scored. All of the Los Angeles hits were singles except Tim Walllach's double in the eighth, which drove in Raul Mondesi with one of two runs the Dodgers scored in the inning.The Astros got on the board in the top of the ninth, but Orlando Miller struck out to end the game.

    The Dodgers now lead the rapidly fading Padres by two and a half games in the West.

    Rockies 5, Phillies 2 (ABC: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Chris Myers)
    W- Bill Swift (10-3)
    L- Toby Borland (2-4)
    HR- COL: Eric Young (7, first, solo)
    PHI: Jim Eisenreich (11, nintth, solo, inside-the-park)

    Rox starter Bill Swift allowed one run on four hits in six innings and struck out three, and Eric Young hit a leadoff home run to give the Rox a 1-0 lead, which held up until the bottom of the fourth, when Mickey Morandini's infield single drove in Lenny Dykstra with the tying run. The Rockies took the lead with two in the seventh on Andres Galarraga's RBI single and Joe Girardi's sacrifice fly which drove in Ellis Burks. .

    The Rockies make it 5-1 when Galarraga's single scored Vinny Castilla and Girardi's single scored Burks (Note: Joe Ray doesn't mention what inning this occurred in.) In the ninth, the Phillies provided some excitement with Jim Eisenreich's inside-the-park home run. The Phils then loaded the bases but couldn't sore, as Galarraga caught a popup to end the game.

    The win moves the Rox into second place in the West, two games behind the Dodgers.

    Giants 7, Reds 6 (ABC: Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat, Jack Arute)
    W- Sergio Valdez (6-5)
    L- John Smiley (12-6)
    S- Rod Beck (35)

    The Res; collapse continued, as they blew a 5-0 third-inning lead. Barry Larkin's homer gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first, and they scored another run in the second when Thomas Howard's double drove in Jeff Branson. Branson's two-run homer in the third extended the Reds' lead to 5-0, but the Giants scored five in the bootom of the third to tie the game. Glenallen Hil's RBI double scored l lines a double scoring Rikki Faneyte, a Matt Williams groundout scored Steve Scarsone, and a Barry Bonds double drove in Hill. Mark Carreon's two-run homer to left tied the game.

    Hal Morris singled in Larkin to give the Reds a 6-5 lead in the fourth, but Kirt Manwaring's two-run double in he bottom of the sixth drove in Carreon and Robby Thompson with the winning runs. The Reds threatened several times after that but couldn't score. Faneyta committed three errors for Frisco.

    Despite the loss, the Reds' magic number in the Central dropped to six because the Dodgers beat the Astros earlier.

    Cardinals 12, Expos 6 (10 innings; ABC: Bob Ley, Buck Martinez)
    W- John Habyan (5-4)
    L- Gil Heredia (6-8)
    HR- STL: Danny Sheaffer (6, tenth, three-run), Mike Lansing (first, 11, solo)

    The Cards scored six times in the tenth to defat the Spos at Olympic Stadium. The Expos blew a 6-0 fifth-inning lead, which was built on Mike Lansing's first-inning homer and a five-run fourth which featured two-run sinlges by Lansing and Rondell White as well as an error by the Cards' Tripp Cromer,

    Starter Pedro Martinez no-hit the Redbirds though five, but they scored three times in the sixththanks to a Jose Oquendo triple that drove in Scott Cooper and pitcher Mike Urbani and an RBI groundout by Ray Lankford. In the seventh, RBI doubles by Oquendo and Bernard Gilkey cut the Montreal lead to 6-5. Danny Sheaffer's base hit in the bottom of the eighth tied the game. The Expos put two men on in the ninth, but couldn't score.

    Sheaffer's three-run homer to left center gave the Cards a 9-6 lead in the tenth.Pinch hitter Mark Sweenry's base hit scored Cromer, and after Oquendo bounced into a fielder's choice. Lankford's double scored Oquendo. Reliever Rene Arocha pitched a perfect tenth to secure the win for St. Louis.

    Now for my report:

    Mets 2, Cubs 1 (ABC; Gary Thorne, Dave Campbell)

    The Cubs suffered yet another crippling loss in the wild card standings when the Mets scored two in the eighth on a Joe Orsulak infield hit and a seeing-eye single to right by Jose Vizcaino. Mets reliever Jerry DiPoto needed only one out to record the win. The Cubs got their lone run on a seventh-inning single from Jose Hernandez.

    The Mets are now within three and a half games of the Stros for the wild card spot.

    W- DiPoto (5-6)
    S- Franco (32)
    L- Walker (1-4)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 90-63 (clinched)
    Mets: 83-73- 8.5 GB
    Expos: 79-76- 12 GB
    Marlins: 77-78- 14 GB
    Phillies: 75-82- 17 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 88-69 (Magic Number: 6)
    Astros: 86-69- 1 GB
    Cubs: 80-76- 7.5 GB
    Pirates: 66-88- 20.5 GB
    Cardinals: 65-91- 22.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 80-76 (Magic Number: 6)
    Rockies: 77-77- 2 GB
    Padres: 77-78- 2.5 GB
    Giants: 66-89- 13.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 86-69 (Magic Number: 4)
    Mets: 83-73- 3.5 GB

    Next: A look at April 16.

    Thoughts?






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  19. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now here's the action for Sunday, April 16. We begin with Joe Ray's report:

    Padres 7, Marlins 4 (ABC: Keith Jackson, Reggie Jackson)
    W- Blair (10-5)
    L- Burkett (15-16)
    S- Hoffman (32)
    HR- FLA: Terry Pendleton (second, 15, solo)
    SD: Andujar Cedeno (second, 7, two-run)

    The Padres' five-run fourth was the difference in this one. Cedeno's RBIs came on a second-inning homer, while Livingstone's two-run double began the Friars' outburst in the fourth. Steve Finley had a run-scoring triple, and the inning was topped off when Ken Caminiti doubled t0 left to drive in Brad Ausmus. Terry Pendleton homered in the second for the Marlins, and also drove in a run in the sixth with a base hit as part of a three-run uprising. Greg Colbrunn drove in another run with a single. Trevor Hoffman closed out the game in the ninth, allowing only one hit.

    The Padres are now tied with the Rockies for second place in the West, two and a half games behind the Dodgers.

    Dodgers 4, Astros 3 (ABC: Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver, Gary Miller)
    W- Cummings (4-1)
    L- Dougherty (8-5)
    S- Worrell (36)
    HR- LA: Billy Ashley (10, seventh, two-run)

    The Dodgers overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Stros and move a step closer to the Western title. The Astros took a 3-0 lead in the fifth on singles by Dave Magadan and Tony Eusebio, but an Eric Karros double drove in the Dodgers' first run. In the seventh, a two-run homer by Billy Ashley tied the game, and Raul Mondesi's fielder's choice in the eighth pushed across the winning run. Craig Biggio was retired by Todd Worrell with runners at first and third in the ninth to preserve the win.

    The Dodgers' magic number to clinch the West has fallen to five, and they still lead the Padres and Rockies by two games. Meanwhile, the best the Astros can be at the end of the day is a game behind the Reds in the Central and three and a half in front of the Mets in the wild card race.

    Expos 5, Cardinals 2 (ABC: Bob Ley, Buck Martinez)
    W- Gil Heredia (7-8)
    L- Mark Petkovsek (7-9)
    S- Mel Rojas (36)
    HR- MTL: Rondell White (seventh, two-run, 14)
    STL: Bernard Gilkey (eighth, two-run, 20)

    Catcher Tim Laker's RBI single in the first gave the Expos a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Spos added four more runs in the seventh, as David Segui's triple scores Mike Lansing, Rondell White smacked a two-run homer, and Wil Cordero's single drove in Moises Alou, Bernard Gilkey's homer in the bottom of the eighth got the Cards on the board, but Montreal closer Mel Rojas pitched a perfect ninth.

    Reds 4, Giants 2 (ABC: Brent Musburger, Jim Kaat, Jack Arute)
    W- Pete Schourek (19-8)
    L- Mark Leiter (10-13)
    HR- SF:: Matt Williams (first, two-run, 25)
    CIN: Bret Boone (second, three-run, 18), Eric Anthony (2nd, solo, 6)

    The Reds finally picked up a decisive win, as Pete Schourek went the distance, giving up nine hits and striking out five. All of the scoring came in the first inning and a half; Matt Williams' two-run homer gave the Gants the lead in the bottom of the first, but Bret Boone countered with a three-run dinger in the top of the second, and Eric Anthony added a solo shot. The closest thing to a scoring threat for the rest of the game came when the Giants had runners at second and third. (Note: Joe Ray doesn't mention what inning it was or how the Reds got out of it.)

    The Reds now lead the Astros by two games in the Central, and their magic number to clinch the division has shrunk to four.

    Phillies 8, Rockies 7 (ABC: Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Chris Myers)
    W- Mike Mimbs (10-9)
    L- Armando Reynoso (7-8)

    The Phils blew a 5-0 eighth-inning lead, but won the game on Kevin Elster's three-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. Armando Reynoso had shut them out on four hits through six inning, but they took the lead in the seventh thanks to two-run doubles by Lenny Dykstra and Tony Longmire.

    The Rox drop into third place in the West, three games behind the Dodgers.

    Now for my report:

    Cubs 10, Mets 3 (ABC; Gary Thorne, Dave Campbell)

    The Cubs exploded for a combined total of seven runs in the seventh and eighth to win this one going away and delay their playoff exit for another day. All three of this game's home runs were hit in the first inning, as Rico Brogna went deep for the Mets while Todd Haney and Shawon Dunston did the same for the Cubbies. Sammy Sosa's seventh-inning base hit knocked in the go-ahead run. Dunstion was named MVP with a four for five day and three runs driven in.

    The Mets' elimination number in the wild card race is down to three, and they're still three and a half games behind the Astros.

    W- Navarro (15-6)
    L- Henry (3-8)

    HR- NYM: Brogna (25)
    CHC: Haney (3), Dunston (15)

    Now for your up-to-the-second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 90-63 (clinched)
    Mets: 83-74- 9 GB
    Expos: 80-76- 11.5 GB
    Marlins: 77-79- 14.5 GB
    Phillies: 76-82- 16.5 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 89-69 (Magic Number: 4)
    Astros: 86-70- 2 GB
    Cubs: 81-76- 7.5 GB
    Pirates: 66-88- 21 GB
    Cardinals: 65-92- 23.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 81-76 (Magic Number: 4)
    Padres: 78-78- 2.5 GB
    Rockies: 77-78- 3 GB
    Giants: 66-90- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 86-70 (Magic Number: 3)
    Mets: 83-74- 3.5 GB

    Next: Our look at April 17.

    Thoughts?
     
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  20. Garrett Garlits Well-Known Member

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    Now for our look at Monday, April 17. All three games today come from Joe Ray.

    Expos 4, Rockies 1
    W- Gil Heredia (8-8)
    L- Bryan Rekar (4-8)
    HR- MTL: Sean Berry (16, eighth, solo), Darrin Fletcher (eighth, solo, 12)

    Gil Heredia earned his third decision in as many days, as Sean Berry's three RBIs (including a long home run into the second deck) gave the Expos the margin they needed to beat the Rockies in a day game at Olympic Stadium.

    The Rockies are now three and a half games behind the Dodgers in the West with six games to play, and their elimination number stands at two.

    Cubs 7, Phillies 4
    W- Frank Castillo (12-11)
    L- Paul Quantrill (11-13)
    S- Randy Myers (40)
    HR- CHC: Sammy Sosa (38)

    Randy Myers gets his fortieth save and Sammy Sosa hit a three-run homer to keep the Cubs barely alive in the wild card race. They'll be eliminated with their next loss or the Astros' next victory.

    Padres 11, Astros 1 (ESPN cut-ins from Padres television: Jerry Coleman, Ted Leitner)
    W: Andy Ashby (13-10)
    L: Greg Swindell (10-10)

    Andy Ashby threw a complete-game three-hitter in two hours, nine minutes, and exactly one hundred pitches, while the San Diego offense provided a three-run fifth and a four-run sixth.

    The Padres are back within two games of the Dodgers in the West with only five games to play, while the Stros missed a chance to move a step closer to the wild card spot. Their elimination number in the Central has shrunk to three, as they currently sit two and a half games behind the Reds.

    Now for your up-to-the second standings, beginning in the East:

    Braves: 90-63 (clinched)
    Mets: 83-74- 9 GB
    Expos: 81-76- 11 GB
    Marlins: 77-79- 14.5 GB
    Phillies: 76-83- 17 GB

    In the Central:

    Reds: 89-69 (Magic Number: 3)
    Astros: 86-71- 2.5 GB
    Cubs: 82-76- 7 GB
    Pirates: 66-88- 21 GB
    Cardinals: 65-92- 23.5 GB

    In the West:

    Dodgers: 81-76 (Magic Number: 4)
    Padres: 79-78- 2 GB
    Rockies: 77-79- 3.5 GB
    Giants: 66-90- 14.5 GB

    In the Wild Card:

    Astros: 86-71 (Magic Number: 3)
    Mets: 83-74- 3 GB

    Next: Our look at April 18.

    Note: Two more series have been canceled due to the CBA not taking effect yet: Braves-Giants and Cardinals-Marlins. Both of these series were scheduled to start tomorrow.

    Thoughts?
     
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