Jul 19, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Edward Mujica (44) celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina (4) after defeating the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated San Diego 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
The Orioles made a jump, the Blue Jays took a tumble, and the rest of the rankings remained pretty consistent.
The Cardinals, who beat the Padres yesterday when Allen Craig robbed a would be game tying home run in the 9th inning, play their next 6 games against the Phillies and Braves before they head to Pittsburgh for an enormous 5 game set against the Pirates.
The Pirates, who are leading the N.L. Wild Card race and are 2 games behind the Cardinals for first place in the N.L. Central, open up a 4 game set with the reeling Nationals tonight in Washington before traveling to Miami for 3.
C.C. Sabathia was clobbered last night before the Yankees fell to Boston in 11 innings to drop 2 of 3 and fall 7 games out of first. Derek Jeter is back on the DL, Alex Rodriguez (who was supposed to return tonight), injured his quad, and the Yankees have a brutal stretch coming up. They head to Texas for 4, welcome in the Rays for 3, and then travel to Los Angeles for 2 against the Dodgers.
The Diamondbacks have seen their lead in the N.L. West shrink to just a half game (over the Dodgers). They have a chance to pad their record over the next 7 days, during which they’ll host the Cubs for 4 and the Padres for 3.
Washington was swept at home by the Dodgers over the weekend, and are 2-8 over their last 10 games. Everyone keeps waiting for the Nats to turn it around, but at some point, it might be time to consider that their offense simply isn’t good enough for them to contend.
The Mariners, winners of 6 in a row, swept the woeful Astros over the weekend. They’re still in sell mode, and open a 7 game homestand tonight against the Indians.
22. New York Mets (43-51)
Jeremy Hefner and the Mets were roughed up Friday night, but the team rebounded to take 2 of 3 from Philadelphia over the weekend. Matt Harvey was dominant yesterday, and Marlon Byrd hit his 17th home run of the year.
After Toronto closed the first half by going 7-13, they were swept by the Rays at home in their first series after the break. Things don’t get any easier for the Blue Jays today, as they welcome the red hot Dodgers to Toronto for a 3 game set.
The Cubs were on the verge of sending Matt Garza to the Rangers for 4 prospects (including Mike Olt), but the deal hit the snag over the weekend. It’s now being reported that there are several other teams involved. Garza is scheduled to start for the Cubs tonight.
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