Yesterday, the Giants won and the Cubs lost. San Francisco is now tied with Houston for the wildcard lead. As Aaron notes, the Cubs and Giants go up against first-place teams this weekend while the Astros play Colorado. This would seem to favor Houston, but weird things have been happening this week.
Speaking of which, the Dodgers clinched a tie for the AL West by beating the Rockies in 11 innings last night. Yet another crazy extra-inning game. The Rockies actually took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th on a Jeromy Burnitz single, giving them an 80% chance of winning. The Dodgers tied it up in the bottom of the 10th, however, thanks to Hee Seop Choi’s double, an error and a groundout. Choi’s double, with none out, was a huge blow, cutting the Rockies’ odds back down to 54%.
The Rockies threatened in the top of the 11th, getting runners to first and third, but didn’t score. Then, with two out and a runner on first (Dodger chances at 57%), David Ross — of all people — blasted one out of the park. That’s a 43% play with one swing of the bat. Congratulations to the Dodgers and Ross.