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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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Davis homers in win

R.A. Dickey
Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
The Mets beat the Cardinals today by a score of 6-2. The reason they won? R.A. Dickey pitched and got his 18th win of the season. Dickey went 6.2 innings giving up both Cardinal runs. He struck out five batters along the way.

The offense was led by Ike Davis who hit his 26th homerun on the year. Heís had a knack for hitting three-run homers which was the case today. He now has 77 RBIís on the season. He is only two behind David Wright for the team lead and has hit 13 homeruns since the All-Star break. He now has nine more homeruns than Wright to lead the team as well.

Lucas Duda, Josh Thole and Andres Torres each had RBIís in this game as well. Dudaís came on a bases load walk. The team was 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

The team now heads home to begin a series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.
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Mets drop another

Mets lost to the Cardinals tonight by a score of 5-1. Matt Harvey fell to 3-4 on the year going five innings and giving up three runs. The Mets offense did nothing as usual, only getting a Mike Baxter sac fly in the 8th inning.

One exciting aspect to this game was that Jeurys Familia made his major league debut by pitching a scoreless eighth inning giving up one hit and striking out one. Familia seems to be headed towards being a relief pitcher in the big leagues.

The Mets will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon with R.A. Dickey on the mound.
Josh Edgin
Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE
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Mets lose in unreal fashion

The Mets lost in extremely bizarre fashion today to the St. Louis Cardinals. In a game played this afternoon, the Cardinals defeated the Mets by a score of 5-4. Andres Torres had appeared to lead off the top of the ninth inning with a double but the Cardinals appealed and Torres was called out.

Replays showed that Torres did touch the bag as he rounded first base. The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Mets battled back with a pair of two-run homeruns by Kelly Shoppach and Daniel Murphy


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Mets sweep Marlins

The Mets completed a sweep of the Marlins today with a 5-1 win. Jason Bay hit a grand slam in a five run first inning. Chris Young and four relievers combined on a six-hitter. Young went five innings for his fourth victory of the season.

Ike Davis
Brad Mills, US Presswire
The Mets improved to 64-70 on the season with 28 games to go. The Mets are now tied for third place in the NL East and are not five games ahead of the Marlins for last place. The Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 games


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Baseball opens up tomorrow

Play Ball!
We are closing in on the real opening day for baseball. The Aís and Mariners technically opened the season last week in Japan but I am not sure how many people watched or knew. Tomorrow night the Cardinals visit the Marlins to open up the season in the United States. Kyle Lohse gets the opening day start for the Cardinals and he will go up against Josh Johnson for the Marlins.

The big news out of Mets camp this week was that Johan Santana will make the opening day start against the Braves on Thursday afternoon. We really need Johan if we have any chances of a Wild Card this season so it is a good start for the Mets to have him start the season. The Braves will counter with Tommy Hanson


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MLB Top 5 4/27/11

Another week brings another top 5. This week's list looks very similar to the one posted last week; the only change coming at the 5th and final spot. As the weather's been warming, so have some teams.

The talk of the week surrounds the Boston Red Sox. They have turned up their level of play and are sitting right at the .500 mark. Though they do not quite make my list this week, there is no denying their talent and the fact that they will be frequenting these posts in the near future


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NL Pitching Studs and Duds 4/23/11

We'll finish up with the best and worst pitching the National League produced this week. The Cardinals make another appearance and we check in on this week's most impressive performance of futility.

While the Cardinal's recent turnaround has had a lot to do with their offensive surge, the pitching has also played its part. Chris Carpenter and Kyle McClellan have performed well for the club, but another starter is this week's NL pitcher of the week. Kyle Lohse won twice this week, going 16.1 innings and allowing only 2 ERs. Lohse gave up a mere 8 hits while striking out 12 over this span. Lohse has given the Cards at least 7 innings in his 4 starts so far this year. He gave up 4 ER in his debut against the Pirates, but since then over his last 3 starts he has only given up a combined 3 ERs. Lohse and St. Louis look to continue their winning ways against their NL Central rivals the Cincinnati Reds this weekend


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NL Offensive Studs and Duds 4/23/11

Time to see how the best and worst of the NL stack up against the Amercan League's performances we've looked at.

The Cardinals received some bad news coming into the 2011 season. They lost Cy Young candidate Adam Wainwright during spring training and also began the year without slugger Matt Holliday. The Cards began the year losing 5 of their first 7, scoring a measly 2.6 runs a game. While they are going to be without Wainwright for the year, they were able to get Holliday back in the lineup. Holliday plays second fiddle to all-world performer Albert Pujols, but since Holliday has returned to the lineup the Cardinals have gone 8-3 and scored 7.5 runs a game. Holiday is this week's NL offensive stud, hitting for a .524 batting average and a 1.439 OPS. Holliday has managed to make it on base at a rate of .630 due not only to his hitting but also his ability to draw 6 walks this week. The Cards hope that Holliday and the offense can keep up this current level of production


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NL Studs and Duds 4/16/11

Earlier today I shared this week's studs and duds from the AL. Now it's time to see how the NL fared over the past 7 days.

matt kemp
Kemp brought all 5 tools to work this week

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