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Monday, September 30, 2019

St. Louis Cardinals win NL Central; Milwaukee Brewers settle for wild card

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Central on the final day of the regular season Sunday, routing the Chicago Cubs 9-0 to secure their first division title since 2015.

Manager Mike Shildt and the Cardinals began the day with a one-game lead over Milwaukee but used Jack Flaherty’s arm and Matt Carpenter’s bat to ensure there would be no need for a division tiebreaker game Monday.

Flaherty pitched seven impressive innings, and Carpenter led a three-homer attack with a three-run drive to help St. Louis advance to the NL Division Series, starting Thursday at Atlanta.

“This is what it’s all about,’’ Shildt said. “I love to see the guys enjoy the fruits of their labor—it’s something special.”

The one race of the season still active on the last day- is it just me, or is that a little low compared to the last few years?

 

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cardinals, nl central

Sunday, September 29, 2019

LEADING OFF: NL Central down to last day, Maddon future?

DECISION TIME?

The Cubs could announce whether manager Joe Maddon will be back next season. The 65-year-old skipper was set to meet with team boss Theo Epstein on Saturday night to discuss their future together.

Maddon is in his fifth season with Chicago and guided the Cubs to that most elusive World Series crown in 2016. They lost in NL playoffs the past two years and, at 84-77, missed the postseason this year.

For any thoughts that come up about the last day of the season that wouldn’t fit in Omnichatter.

 

QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, joe maddon, miguel rojas, nl central, rangers

Friday, September 27, 2019

Cubs manager Joe Maddon makes it clear he doesn’t care what Brewers fans think of his lineups vs. th

Joe Maddon may or may not be managing his final games with the Chicago Cubs this weekend. Whatever the case, it’s clear that Maddon has no plans to run for office in the state of Wisconsin. That’s because Maddon offered a … shall we say, strongly worded response when asked if he was concerned about Milwaukee Brewers fans criticizing his lineup choices during the Cubs’ forthcoming (and final) series against the St. Louis Cardinals:

“We’re going to put a good team out there but of course they’re going to b——-,” Maddon told reporters, including ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. “Of course they are. I get it. But quite frankly, there are certain things I don’t give a sh—about. And that would be one of them.”

The Cubs, of course, were eliminated from postseason contention earlier this week. They’ve been dealing with a number of injuries to key players anyway, so it figures Maddon will do right by his players and sit Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant rather than ask them to play hurt with nothing on the line but pride and memories.

Geez, Chuck McKay didn’t try this hard to be fired…..

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:01 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: joe maddon, lineups, nl central

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The biggest roadblocks facing every MLB playoff contender down the stretch

With three weeks left in the season, the wild card races seem destined to come down to the final few games. The American League has three teams neck and neck for two spots with the defending champion Boston Red Sox hoping for a late surge.

The National League features seven teams competing for three spots, and the National League Central crown could be decided in the last week.

With so many teams in the race, here’s a peek into what could be the biggest roadblock for the teams that are hoping to play in October:

So, how threatening do we see these roadblocks?

 

QLE Posted: September 10, 2019 at 01:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: al wild card, nl central, nl wild card, pennant race, roadblocks

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

September Storylines to Follow as MLB’s Stretch Run Begins

If players are defined by what they do in October, their fates are often sealed in September. This is the month that makes postseason success possible. Divisions will be won, wild-card berths will be secured and MVP races will be decided. Here are the top storylines to follow as summer turns to fall.

1. The Last Division Race Standing

The NL Central was expected to be a three-team race all season, as the Cardinals, Cubs and Brewers expected to be in contention for the division title. St. Louis has been surging in the second half, when Paul Goldschmidt got hot and Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson emerged as a strong one-two rotation duo. Entering play Monday, the Cardinals (76-60) are three games ahead of Chicago in the division after winning eight of their last 10.

The Cubs (73-63), who hold a 2 1/2-game lead for the second wild-card, have been wildly inconsistent for much of the season. Their last three series (nine games) are the perfect example: They got swept at home by the Nationals, then swept the Mets at Citi Field before returning home to Wrigley Field and dropping two of three against Milwaukee. Offensive consistency has been a problem, as has an overworked bullpen with a less-effective Craig Kimbrel as the closer. Chicago is ultra talented, with a lineup anchored by a handful of all-stars. The Cubs are more than capable of rivaling the Cardinals for the division title, making the NL Central a worthy narrative to follow the rest of the way.

So, do we agree with these claims, or are there other stories that could emerge between now and the end of the regular season?


Sunday, September 01, 2019

Brewers injuries may take all the drama out of National League playoff race

At this point in 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers were headed for a September surge that would help them overtake the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals atop the National League Central standings.

One year later, as we prepare to flip our calendars to September again, there’s a much different outlook in Milwaukee. And because of that, there’s a much different outlook in the NL playoff picture.

Injuries have overtaken a Brewers roster that had undeniably disappointed between March and August, but was still considered dangerous enough to finish strong again in September and perhaps push for another division title or wild card berth.

With that looking less likely, the question now becomes: Will another team emerge to create chaos, or will the National League playoff picture actually be void of any real drama down the stretch?


I don’t know about that- there’s still a strong race for the NL Central, and there are still several teams with a decent chance of getting the wild card.

QLE Posted: September 01, 2019 at 03:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, injuries, nl central, playoffs

 

 

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