THT Daily: Close and Late

Major League News for September 15

Player News
Yesterday’s Results
Today’s Games
Standings
Stats

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Ryan Dempster was pulled from the ninth inning of a 5-3 game against the Cardinals on Friday after giving up two homers and a third baserunner.
Dempster entered the ninth with the score 5-1, but he gave up homers to Jim Edmonds and Ryan Ludwick. Yadier Molina singled with two outs after Ludwick’s blast, so Bob Howry was brought in and recorded a save by retiring just one hitter. Dempster has been awful of late, yielding runs in six of his last nine outings while taking two losses and blowing a save. Manager Lou Piniella isn’t shy and he’s already come close to removing Dempster from the closer’s role twice this season. The Cubs can’t afford to give away any wins in the tight NL Central race, so don’t be surprised if Piniella announces that Howry is his new closer this weekend.


Yesterday’s Results
American League
NYA     8  BOS     7    (Recap and Boxscore)
BAL     6  TOR     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHA     5  LAA     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
CLE     5  KC      4    (Recap and Boxscore)
DET     4  MIN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
OAK    11  TEX     9    (Recap and Boxscore)
SEA     2  TB      1    (Recap and Boxscore)

National League
PHI     3  NYN     2    (Recap and Boxscore)
ATL     8  WAS     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
PIT     4  HOU     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
CIN     6  MIL     5    (Recap and Boxscore)
CHN     5  STL     3    (Recap and Boxscore)
FLA     7  COL     6    (Recap and Boxscore)
LAN     7  ARI     4    (Recap and Boxscore)
SD      5  SF      4    (Recap and Boxscore)


Today’s Games
National League
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 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, 1:10 PM
  (L) Ted Lilly (15-7) vs. (R) Braden Looper (12-10)
 Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets, 1:10 PM
  (R) Kyle Lohse (8-12) vs. (R) Pedro Martinez (2-0)
 Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers, 3:55 PM
  (R) Livan Hernandez (10-9) vs. (R) Derek Lowe (11-12)
 Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals, 7:05 PM
  (R) Lance Cormier (2-5) vs. (R) Jason Bergmann (4-5)
 Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 PM
  (R) Kirk Saarloos (1-4) vs. (R) Jeff Suppan (9-11)
 Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros, 7:05 PM
  (R) Matt Morris (9-9) vs. (L) Wandy Rodriguez (8-13)
 Florida Marlins at Colorado Rockies, 8:05 PM
  (R) Sergio Mitre (5-8) vs. (R) Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3)
 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:10 PM
  (L) Sean Marshall (7-7) vs. (R) Joel Pineiro (4-3)
 San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 10:05 PM
  (R) Matt Cain (7-14) vs. (R) Brett Tomko (2-11)
 
 American League
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 Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays, 1:07 PM
  (L) Kurt Birkins (1-1) vs. (R) Roy Halladay (14-7)
 Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics, 3:55 PM
  (R) Brandon McCarthy (5-9) vs. (R) Joe Blanton (13-9)
 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox, 3:55 PM
  (R) Chien-Ming Wang (18-6) vs. (R) Josh Beckett (18-6)
 Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 PM
  (R) Zack Greinke (6-5) vs. (R) Fausto Carmona (16-8)
 LA Angels of Anaheim at Chicago White Sox, 7:05 PM
  (R) Jered Weaver (11-7) vs. (R) Jon Garland (9-11)
 Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins, 7:10 PM
  (R) Yorman Bazardo (1-1) vs. (L) Johan Santana (15-11)
 Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Seattle Mariners, 9:05 PM
  (L) Scott Kazmir (12-8) vs. (L) Horacio Ramirez (8-6)


Standings

The graphics next to each team are called “sparklines.” They depict each team’s performance over the last month. Each “up” bar is a victory and a “down” bar is a loss. There are horizontal lines for home games and red bars represent games decided by two runs or less. “PWins” is short for Projected Wins, based on each team’s Run Differential, and is often a better measure of a team’s true strength. Other team graphs and stats can be found on our Team Page.


American League East        Pwins  Diff
BOS     89  59 .601    0.0   93    -4    sparkline graph
NYA     84  63 .571    4.5   89    -5    sparkline graph
TOR     73  74 .497   15.5   77    -4    sparkline graph
BAL     63  83 .432   25.0   65    -2    sparkline graph
TB      61  87 .412   28.0   60     1    sparkline graph
American League Central     
CLE     86  61 .585    0.0   82     4    sparkline graph
DET     81  67 .547    5.5   81     0    sparkline graph
MIN     72  75 .490   14.0   74    -2    sparkline graph
KC      63  83 .432   22.5   69    -6    sparkline graph
CHA     63  84 .429   23.0   58     5    sparkline graph
American League West        
LAA     86  61 .585    0.0   84     2    sparkline graph
SEA     78  68 .534    7.5   71     7    sparkline graph
OAK     73  76 .490   14.0   74    -1    sparkline graph
TEX     69  78 .469   17.0   71    -2    sparkline graph


National League East        Pwins  Diff
NYN     83  63 .568    0.0   80     3    sparkline graph
PHI     78  69 .531    5.5   78     0    sparkline graph
ATL     75  72 .510    8.5   80    -5    sparkline graph
WAS     65  82 .442   18.5   62     3    sparkline graph
FLA     64  83 .435   19.5   66    -2    sparkline graph
National League Central     
CHN     76  71 .517    0.0   78    -2    sparkline graph
MIL     74  72 .507    1.5   73     1    sparkline graph
STL     69  76 .476    6.0   64     5    sparkline graph
CIN     68  79 .463    8.0   68     0    sparkline graph
PIT     66  81 .449   10.0   67    -1    sparkline graph
HOU     63  84 .429   13.0   62     1    sparkline graph
National League West        
ARI     83  65 .561    0.0   71    12    sparkline graph
SD      79  67 .541    3.0   79     0    sparkline graph
LAN     78  69 .531    4.5   77     1    sparkline graph
COL     76  71 .517    6.5   79    -3    sparkline graph
SF      66  81 .449   16.5   71    -5    sparkline graph


Wildcard Standings
American League             
NYA     84  63 .571    0.0
DET     81  67 .547    3.5
SEA     78  68 .534    5.5
TOR     73  74 .497   11.0
MIN     72  75 .490   12.0
National League             
SD      79  67 .541    0.0
PHI     78  69 .531    1.5
LAN     78  69 .531    1.5
COL     76  71 .517    3.5
ATL     75  72 .510    4.5


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