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Postseason begins tonight

We have two baseball games tonight with the implementation of the second Wild Card. The Braves and Cardinals are about to meet in Atlanta with the winner set to face the Washington Nationals. Kyle Lohse pitches against Kris Medlen. The Cardinals finished the season at 88-74 while the Braves went 94-68.

Chipper Jones
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I wouldnít normally root for the Braves but Iíve seen the Cardinals win two World Series since 2006 so Iím hoping Atlanta wins tonight. As much as Chipper Jones has tortured Mets fans over the years, we respect the guy and it would be pretty cool to see him have one last run.

The American League game starts later tonight with the Baltimore Orioles traveling to Texas to take on the Rangers. If not for the second Wild Card, the Rangers would have accomplished one of the biggest late season collapses in history. They blew a five game lead to the Aís with nine games left.

The Orioles are by far the hotter team coming into tonight but the pitching matchup favors the Rangers. Rookie Yu Darvish gets the ball tonight opposite Joe Saunders. Darvish went 16-9 this season with a 3.90 ERA. He also fanned 221 batters.

Saunders finished the season with a 9-13 record with a 4.07 ERA. The scary part for the Orioles is that Saunders has the second-worst ERA of any active pitcher at Rangers Ballpark according to ESPN Stats and Information. Batters hit .281 against him this year.

The winner of tonightís game will stay home and welcome in the New York Yankees.
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Orioles tie Yankees

We officially have a race in the AL East. The Orioles defeated the Yankees tonight by a score of 10-6 to tie the Yankees for first place for the second time in three days. I actually turned it on in the bottom of the 8th inning and saw the home runs by Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds and Chris Davis to blow the game open.

The Yankees have been playing some mediocre baseball for quite some time now. Itís pretty hard to blow a ten game lead but theyíve done it. This team just canít score if they donít hit homeruns and the pitching hasnít been good for some time now.

You have to be happy for Orioles fans that havenít had much to celebrate in a long time. Itís pretty cool how both the Orioles and Nationals are currently in first place. The teams will play each other the next three days to finish off the three-game series.

Mark Reynolds
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Is there any reason why they keep pitching to Mark Reynolds? The guy has multiple homerun games in three out of the last four games against the Yankees. Isnít it time someone knocks him off the plate or at the very least not throw him a fastball?
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Mets drop back to back games to the Cubs

Mets drop fourth game in a row losing 5-3 last night to the Cubs. All the good feeling that came from the sweep of Baltimore has now gone away. Itís inexcusable to lose a series to a team around 25 games under .500. We could possibly get swept today.

The team just canít hit with runners in scoring position. They lead the major leagues in runs with two outs but they do almost nothing before getting to two outs. They left runners on base all night long and never got the big hit.

Dillon Gee wasnít great last night but the starting pitching is not the problem. We all know how awful the bullpen is but the hitting needs to pick it up. Outside of David Wright, there is no other regular in the lineup who really scares you.

Here is the lineup for todayís day game in Chicago courtesy of Metsblog.com:

New York Mets

1) Andres Torres CF
2) Ruben Tejada SS
3) David Wright 3B
4) Lucas Duda RF
5) Ike Davis 1B
6) Scott Hairston LF
7) Daniel Murphy 2B
8) Josh Thole C
9) Jon Niese LHP

Chicago Cubs

1) Joe Mather CF
2) Starlin Castro 2B
3) Anthony Rizzo 1B
4) Alfonso Soriano LF
5) Jeff Baker RF
6) Geovany Soto C
7) Darwin Barney 2B
8) Luis Valbuena 3B
9) Jeff Samardzija RHP

The team is now in third place one game behind Atlanta and 4.5 games behind the leading Washington Nationals. The team will fly out to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers after todayís game.
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Mets sweep Orioles

There isnít much going on in the world of sports today. The Mets are off until they host the Yankees for a three-game set at Citi Field beginning tomorrow night. The Mets completed a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles last night. They have now swept or been swept in their last four series.

Jon Niese, Chris Young and R.A. Dickey will be going for the Mets this weekend against Andy Pettitte, Ivan Nova and C.C. Sabathia. The Sunday night game should be very good with Dickey and Sabathia going at it


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Mets going for the sweep

The Mets will look for their second consecutive sweep over an American League East opponent when they host the Orioles tonight in the final of their three-game series. The Mets have shutout the Orioles the previous two nights behind R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana.

Santana went six innings for the win last night and was aided by a two-run homer from Lucas Duda and a two-run single by Jordany Valdespin in the 5-0 win. The Mets improved to 37-32 on the season and moved to within three games of the Nationals for first place in the NL East


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Dickey Dominating

R.A. Dickey is arguably the most dominating pitcher in the major leagues right now. In two consecutive starts he has held a team to one hit after last nightís complete game shutout victory over the Orioles. He struck out 13 batters as well which was one more than his previous high which he set last week against the Rays.

It really is incredible to watch. I have no idea how he doesnít walk batters throwing a pitch no one exactly knows where it might go. He even throws the pitch in the 80 mph range which is ridiculous. I wasnít old enough to see Dwight Gooden in his early years but Iíve never seen a pitcher humiliating the opposition like Dickey has this season. He is now 11-1 on the year and is well on his way to twenty wins if he doesnít get hurt. He has not allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings


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Mets vs Orioles

The Mets host the surprising Baltimore Orioles tonight in a three-game series. R.A. Dickey takes the mound and itís a great thing. Dickey is the only guy on the staff I feel confidence in this year. Maybe his 10-1 record is the reason? Itís especially nice when he pitches against an American League team who never sees him. He threw a one-hitter last week against Tampa.

They have been a very strange team this year as evidence by their sweep of the Rays but then coming home and immediately getting swept by the Reds. They also got swept by the Astros this season. They are 19-15 at home which was actually better than I thought. I actually thought they were playing better on the road but they are 16-17 away from Citi Field


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Mets swept

The Mets lost today 3-1 to the Reds being swept in the process of the three game series. After scoring a bunch of runs against the Rays, the Mets only managed five against the Reds. The Mets got a good outing from Chris Young today but the offense was a now show.

The only run the Mets scored was on a bases loaded walk by Chris Young which is all you need to know about this game. Young pitched seven innings and only gave up two earned runs but suffered the loss. Luckily for the Mets, the Nationals were swept in their three game series against the Yankees so the Mets will remain 3.5 games back


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AL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/22/11

One team was able to sweep this week's AL Pitching studs and duds. Several high profile pitchers came close to becoming this week's pitching stud, but a not so recognizable name took home the prize. This week brought a complete reversal for this week's dud, and he will see how it feels to go from the top to the bottom.

There were some solid pitching performances this week in the American League. Josh Beckett has put together two more above quality starts to move his ERA below 2.00. Jered Weaver remained sharp and became the first to 5 wins, but this week Scott Baker of the Minnesota twins gets my nod for best pitcher. Baker had two impressive performances last week and was able to lower his ERA from 6.55 to 3.24. Baker held the Rays to 1 ER over 7 innings of 4 hit baseball and then last night held the Orioles scoreless over another 7 innings. During this two game stretch, Baker recorded 15 strikeouts while only walking 2 batters. The Twins hope Baker can help the club continue their climb back to .500


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MLB Top 5 4/20/2011

There was a little reshuffling in my top 5 this week, with one team dropping off the list. The 4 that remain from last week change slots, and the World Series champs make the cut for this week's top 5. It's still very early and there are some other teams with solid records, but it's hard to compare wins and losses when teams are still rounding into regular season form. With that I felt like I had a little explaining to do with my choices.

The Cleveland Indians share the best record in baseball with the Colorado Rockies, but the Indians did not make the cut. They only have played in one full series against a team playing at least .500 baseball and they lost that series to the Angels. Their pitching has been lights out but it's still too early for me to tell if this streak is due to scheduling or a legitimate turnaround. Two other teams that I seriously looked at for spots on the list were the LA Angels and Cincinnati Reds; maybe next week guys


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MLB Top 5 4/13/2011

It's certainly hard to have any kind of rankings this early in the year but I'll do my best to try and determine who looks to be the best of MLB. The top two spots are locks right now with Texas and the Phillies. After that things get a little fuzzier. This early in the year it's more common to find unlikely teams like Minnesota, Atlanta, St. Louis and San Francisco on the bottom, so it's hard to truly gauge the top teams. Here are my current top 5 of the MLB.

1. Texas Rangers
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O's Bucking a Trend

As a lifelong Orioles fan, there was a certain routine that I followed each offseason leading up to opening day. Each free agency period would begin and rumors would formulate linking the O's to big name players. These rumors would eventually either die out or the Orioles offers would come in much lower than other teams closer to contention. We would sign our B list free agents as the market played out, and some would have potential (Garrett Atkins) or a storied history (Sammy Sosa).

Spring training would bring its usual new hope for the once proud franchise, every team starting the year in first place. Most years the O's would tread water or make a short sprint at contention. Last year I had legitimate hopes that this would change and the team would become competitive with its promising nucleus, especially the 'calvalry', the term used for the Orioles young arms. Instead the team got off to a 2-16 start and the beautiful Camden Yards emptied to record lows. The team seemed destined to be blown up once again and the start of a new plan was on the horizon


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