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11-01-2018, 06:05 AM,
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The Braves won Gausman’s last start
A look at what’s happening around the majors on today:THE HAPPENINGThe Yankees know they’ll be playing in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3 http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authe...ley-jersey , and J.A. Happ on track to be their starter. New York clinched a wild-card berth with a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in 11 innings on Saturday. Happ, 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA for New York after he was acquired from Toronto, is scheduled to start Sunday against Boston and would be on normal rest next Friday at Boston and for the wild-card game. The left-hander allowed one run and two hits over six innings to win on Sept. 4 at Oakland, New York’s probable wild-card opponent.ON A ROLLThe Tampa Bay Rays will look to keep their faint postseason hopes alive behind streaking left-hander Blake Snell in their series finale against Toronto. Snell (20-5, 1.97 ERA) is 8-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his past eight starts, striking out 63 over 46 innings in that stretch. The Blue Jays will counter with lefty Ryan Borucki, who pitched eight shutout innings to beat Baltimore in his previous outing. The Rays would need a collapse by Oakland in the season’s final week to earn a wild-card berth. If not, the A’s would face the Yankees in the winner-take-all game.TWO’S ENOUGHThe Cardinals shouldn’t expect to need an offensive outburst to maintain their position in the NL wild-card race. Miles Mikolas (16-4, 3.01 ERA), who starts Sunday against San Francisco Santiago Casilla Jersey , is 16-0 when receiving two or more runs of support. St. Louis holds the second wild-card position behind the Milwaukee Brewers, with the Colorado Rockies chasing.LOOKING AHEADNow that they’ve won their first NL East crown since 2013, the Atlanta Braves can start figuring out their postseason rotation. Mike Foltynewicz has been the Braves’ most consistent starter and took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Saturday’s division-clinching win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Kevin Gausman has been solid since coming over in a trade with Baltimore and could start Game 2 of the NL Division Series. Beyond that, the Braves have Anibal Sanchez (6-6, 3.01 ERA), Julio Teheran (16-9, 4.03) and Sean Newcomb (16-12, 4.04). Sanchez can begin stating his case on Sunday when he pitches against the Phillies and ace Aaron Nola. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies close out their regular seasons Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.The Braves will continue their season next week in the National League Division Series and are still fighting for home-field advantage. The Phillies are finishing out a disappointing end to their season.Kevin Gausman (10-10, 3.93 ERA) is set to start for the Braves and the Phillies will send rookie left-hander Ranger Suarez (1-1, 6.00) to the mound.Article continues below ...Gausman will get his final regular-season tuneup before joining Atlanta’s postseason rotation.The right-hander Clayton Richard Jersey , acquired from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline, has been terrific for the Braves in nine starts. Gausman has bolstered the Braves’ rotation with a 2.80 ERA and 1.10 WHIP since the trade.Gausman’s latest start came against the Phillies on Sept. 20. He struck out seven and gave up three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.“These games mean a lot,” Gausman, who hasn’t pitched in the playoffs since 2014, told MLB.com after the game. “As a player, that’s all you can ask for — to be in September and to be playing meaningful games. To be a pitcher coming from Baltimore with the season we were having there, the playoffs were a far-fetched dream. So to be in this situation is great.”Gausman discussed the difference between pitching in the regular season and postseason.“The biggest difference is how draining every pitch is,” Gausman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You’re sitting in the dugout or you’re out there pitching, every pitch means so much. You give up one run, and that might be it that night. There’s a premium on runs http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authenti...got-jersey , so as a pitcher, it’s on you a little more than it is the regular season.”Gausman only has two career starts against the Phillies, allowing eight runs in 11 1/3 innings (6.35 ERA) in those games. Jorge Alfaro is 4-for-6 with a home run, double and four RBIs versus Gausman while Jose Bautista is 6-for-26 with a home run and five strikeouts.The Braves won Gausman’s last start and it began a season-worst losing streak for the Phillies.The Phillies snapped a nine-game losing streak Saturday, but have completely collapsed in September, going 7-20 in the month. Philadelphia, who was 15 games above .500 on Aug. 7, head into the final day of the season with a 79-82 record. It’s the seventh season in a row the Phillies have failed to finish above .500.“We’ve been playing terrible baseball,” first-year Phillies manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after Friday night’s loss. “That’s why we’ve lost a lot of games, not because we haven’t fought or because anybody quit.”The Phillies are 33-42 against the NL East this season and 6-12 against Atlanta.Suarez Hunter Renfroe Jersey , 23, will make his fourth appearance and third start of the season for Philadelphia. Suarez, who has never faced the Braves, has an 8.00 ERA in his two major league starts, but he did not allow an earned run in three innings out of the Phillies’ bullpen Monday against the Rockies.Suarez, who could vie for a spot in Philadelphia’s rotation in 2019, last started Aug. 16 when the Phillies lost 24-4 to the New York Mets. He allowed eight runs (four earned) and 11 hits while walking two and striking out two.
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