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#1 06/12/18 01:35:19

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EXTRAThe Mariners improved

For much of the year Blake Treinen Jersey , the Milwaukee Brewers have either been in first place in the National League Central or nipping at the heels of the Chicago Cubs.Now, the Brew Crew is five games out in the division, looking up at the Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals and clinging to the second wild-card position.The biggest issue for Milwaukee is a pitching staff that has posted an NL-worst 5.31 ERA in August. Chase Anderson, the club's ostensible ace, owns a 5.61 August ERA.Even if the Brewers manage to sneak into the postseason鈥攁 major "if"鈥攖hey don't have the arms for a deep run.Winner: St. Louis Cardinals2 of 6Ed Zurga/Getty ImagesThe Cardinals made zero notable upgrades at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Instead, they shipped out MLB talent, including outfielder Tommy Pham, and fired manager Mike Matheny in mid-July.Despite all that, the Cards own the NL's top wild-card slot.Heap credit on infielder Matt Carpenter, who leads the Senior Circuit with 5.2 WAR by FanGraphs' calculation and is a bona fide MVP candidate."I never would have thought I'd be where I am right now, but if I keep putting good at-bats together, good things will happen," Carpenter said … her-jersey , summing up his and the Red Birds' situation, per's Jenifer Langosch.And don't sleep on a pitching staff that leads the NL with a 2.83 August ERA.The Cardinals didn't add cavalry at the deadline. As it turns out, the pieces they had were good enough.Choker: Seattle Mariners3 of 6Brandon Wade/Associated PressThe Seattle Mariners have the game's longest active postseason drought at 16 years and counting."Counting" is the operative word.The M's are on the edge of the American League playoff chase. They're seven games out in the division race and 4.5 out in the wild-card scuffle.That's a tough hill to climb with September looming, and tougher still considering the Mariners pitching staff ranks 23rd in the game with a 4.95 August ERA.Fallen ace Felix Hernandez isn't reversing time to save them. James Paxton is working his way back from yet another injury.In a tough division and a top-heavy AL, general manager Jerry Dipoto didn't do enough to get Seattle past Game 162.Winner: Arizona Diamondbacks4 of 6Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesThe Arizona Diamondbacks grabbed the top National League wild-card berth and advanced to the division series in 2017. Now, they're on track to win the division outright.Granted, we've got a lot of baseball left to play. But the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't run away with things despite acquiring superstar shortstop Manny Machado from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline, and the Colorado Rockies are a flawed foe.The D-Backs, meanwhile, rank fifth in the game with a 3.20 August ERA. Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is peaking at the right time with a 1.124 OPS in August.Add it up, and Arizona leads the NL West by 1.5 games over the Rockies and 2.5 over the Dodgers.It's a tight battle that could go down to the wire, but the Snakes have a strong chance to prevail. Keep your eyes on two key series: when the Diamondbacks meet the Dodgers Aug. 30-Sept. 2, and when the two clubs clash Sept. 24-26.Choker: Colorado Rockies5 of 6John Amis/Associated PressThe Rockies are in the thick of the NL West race Sean Manaea Jersey , too.One year after claiming the National League's second wild-card spot, Colorado could return to the postseason.Now, the wet blanket: The Rockies own a minus-14 run differential. Their pitchers rank 20th in the game with a 4.56 August ERA. Just as damningly for a team that plays its home games at mile-high altitude, their hitters sit 19th with a .728 August OPS.Charlie Blackmon, an MVP contender in 2017, has morphed into a payroll drag. And Colorado's decision to stand pat at the trade deadline did nothing to improve its fortunes.A miracle run is always possible, but with the D-Backs in the driver's seat and the Dodgers lurking, the Rocks have also-ran written all over them.Winner: Oakland Athletics6 of 6Hannah Foslien/Getty ImagesThe Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are doing battle atop the AL East. What else is new? The Cleveland Indians are dominating in the weak AL Central. OK, sure.The Oakland A's are challenging the defending world champion Houston Astros in the AL West. Wait...what?The A's have been the coolest story of 2018, rising from the dregs of mediocrity to become a surprise postseason hopeful.They've slipped into second place in the division after briefly overtaking the 'Stros. But they're in line to win a wild-card berth and after that...who knows?Their pitchers rank fourth in baseball with a 2.89 August ERA. Their hitters also rank fourth in the calendar month with a .796 OPS.Just when you thought executive Billy Beane's run of Moneyball magic had ended, here we go again. All statistics and standings current entering Tuesday and courtesy of Baseball Reference. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryon Healy let out a sigh of relief, and the Seattle Mariners regained the lead in extra innings when his hard grounder got through the left side of the Rangers infield. Healy singled past diving Gold Glove third baseman Adrian Beltre and beyond the reach of also-diving shortstop Elvis Andrus to drive in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 12th inning … ell-jersey , and the Mariners won 4-3 at Texas after blowing an early three-run lead Monday night.“Never feel comfortable when I hit a ball that way, and Elvis Andrus is no slouch either. That man (Beltre) is an unbelievable defender,” Healy said. “It took me a while to finally see the ball get to the outfield.”Mitch Haniger scored from second base. He had doubled into the left field corner off Eddie Butler (2-2) a pitch after Jean Segura was thrown out trying to steal second base.“Every game’s a big one and that’s how we’re approaching each night,” Haniger said. “Just keep it simple and try to win each day.” Mike Zunino had three hits and homered for the playoff-contending Mariners, who have won back-to-back games since a season-worst five-game losing streak.Sam Tuivailala (4-3), the seventh Seattle pitcher, had a perfect 11th for his first decision in four appearances since getting acquired July 27 in a trade from St. Louis. Edwin Diaz pitched the 12th for his majors-best 42nd save in 45 chances despite allowing a pair of singles.The Rangers trailed 3-0 before six consecutive batters reached base in the seventh against starter Wade LeBlanc and three relievers. LeBlanc threw 82 pitches and allowed only a walk and two singles.“Got to the point in the game, felt really good about going to the bullpen there, 95, 96 degrees out here, Wade threw outstanding,” manager Scott Servais said. “Guys in the bullpen, in the seventh inning Pat Neshek Jersey , just struggled.”LeBlanc was done after Andrus’ one-out single that extended his hitting streak to 17 games, his career best and the longest active streak in the majors. Adam Warren then walked a batter, allowed an RBI double to Jurickson Profar and hit Robinson Chirinos on his hand on a full-count pitch. Scott Servais argued the pitch hit the knob of the bat, but the call stood and the bases were loaded after a 2-minute replay review . Zach Duke walked Joey Gallo , the only batter he faced, to force in a run before Alex Colome allowed an RBI single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa for a 3-3 tie. Colome did get five outs before three different pitchers had 1-2-3 innings to get to the 12th.Tuivailala’s final out in the 11th was a deep flyball by Profar that kept carrying and was caught by Cameron Maybin against the center field wall .“I think LeBlanc kept us off-balance just with the volume of offspeed,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “Maybe we were a little anxious, didn’t let the ball travel early.”EXTRA, EXTRAThe Mariners improved to 9-1 in extra-innings games this season.COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MOREAfter Healy led off the sixth with a double and scored on Maybin’s single, Seattle loaded the bases with no outs before speedy leadoff hitter Dee Gordon’s grounder turned into a nifty double play by Rouged Odor. The second baseman made a backhanded pick of the short hopper, stepped on the bag and threw with his body falling away from the base. First baseman Profar snagged the one-hop relay while sliding into a split as a run scored to make it 3-0.PEREZ OVERCOMESRangers starter Martin Perez gave up 10 hits over seven innings. He is still without a win in five starts since coming off the disabled list.“Seemed to have traffic the entire time. I thought he did a great job being able to navigate for the most part,” Banister said.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Gordon was back in in the lineup after missing two games because of a sore right ankle. He twisted the ankle trying to turn a double play Thursday. He played Friday, but not Saturday or Sunday.Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara … tra-jersey , out since the All-Star break with a sprained right thumb, is taking batting practice and Banister said he could possibly start a rehab assignment later this week. Mazara said the thumb is getting stronger every day.UP NEXTA matchup of struggling former AL Cy Young Award winners when 45-year-old Rangers hurler Bartolo Colon (5-10, 5.18 ERA) goes against Seattle and Felix Hernandez (8-9, 5.49). The last victory for both right-handers was June 30. Colon, the 2005 Cy Young winner while with the Angels, has lost five consecutive starts since his 246th career win that matched Dennis Martinez for the most by a player born in Latin America. The 32-year-old Hernandez, who won the Cy Young with the Mariners in 2010, is 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA his last four starts.


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