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Sports LEADING OFF: 2 NL playoff spots still open with 2 days left

11:01  26 september  2020
11:01  26 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Only one playoff spot remains open in the AL, and Michael Brantley and the Astros are on the verge of clinching it. Houston is visiting the Rangers The NL Central- leading Cubs have a magic number of two for clinching the division. They’ve lost five of six, scoring two or fewer runs in each of those losses.

Only one playoff spot remains open in the AL, and Michael Brantley and the Astros are on the verge of clinching it. Houston is visiting the Rangers this weekend. The Twins are trying to seal the AL Central. They hold a one-game lead over the White Sox and are at Target Field to finish up with Cincinnati.

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PLAYOFF CHASE

After manager Don Mattingly’s Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds clinched post-season spots, two NL playoff slots are still open with two days left in the regular season. St. Louis (29-27) and San Francisco (29-29) lead Philadelphia and Milwaukee, who are both (28-30).

Cardinals star Adam Wainwright (5-2, 3.05) faces Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff (2-5, 3.43) at Busch Stadium. Wainwright has dropped two of his past three decisions after starting the season 4-0. His last win came against the Brewers on Sept. 16 when he went the distance in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader.

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Only one playoff spot remains open in the AL, and Michael Brantley and the Astros are on the verge of clinching it. Houston is visiting the Rangers The NL Central- leading Cubs have a magic number of two for clinching the division. They’ve lost five of six, scoring two or fewer runs in each of those losses.

Only one playoff spot remains open in the AL, and Michael Brantley and the Astros are on the verge of clinching it. Houston is visiting the Rangers The NL Central- leading Cubs have a magic number of two for clinching the division. They’ve lost five of six, scoring two or fewer runs in each of those losses.

The eight-team AL playoff field is set after Houston sealed the last spot. The next two days will determine the pairings. The higher seed will host every game in the best-of-three series in the opening round.

WAIT AND SEE

The Padres hope Mike Clevinger will be able to pitch in the playoffs next week after getting a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow.

Acquired last month in a big trade with Cleveland, Clevinger left his start against the Angels on Wednesday after just one inning.

The Padres have already clinched a post-season spot and the NL’s No. 4 seed, and will open the playoffs next Wednesday at Petco Park. Before the early exit, Clevinger had been presumed as the Game 1 starter in the wild-card round.

“We have not ruled out anything for next week and the first round of the playoffs,” Padres general manager A.J. Preller said.

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Only one playoff spot remains open in the AL, and Michael Brantley and the Astros are on the verge of clinching it. Houston is visiting the Rangers The NL Central- leading Cubs have a magic number of two for clinching the division. They’ve lost five of six, scoring two or fewer runs in each of those losses.

But the NL playoff picture is a scramble -- only the Dodgers and Padres are in so far. Atlanta and the Cubs hold division leads , Miami and Philadelphia are It's too early to tell whether the outfielder will be able to play as Philadelphia, trying for its first playoff spot since 2011, opens a series in Washington.

If Clevinger can’t pitch the playoff opener, Dinelson Lamet could start. But the right-hander gave the Padres a scare when he reported biceps tightness and came out early Friday night. For now, Lamet will throw in a couple of days with expectations of pitching in the playoffs.

“Everybody is pretty optimistic right now,” manager Jayce Tingler said.

SLUGGER SITS

White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining him for this season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox have dropped a season-high six in a row, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jiménez is a concern.

Jiménez is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs. The 23-year-old left fielder was hurt sliding across the plate in a game Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria says Jiménez needs “to be off his feet” for a few days.

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But the NL playoff picture is a scramble - only the Dodgers and Padres are in so far. Atlanta and the Cubs hold division leads , Miami and Philadelphia are the The star slugger exited Sunday's 6-3 loss to Toronto with lower back stiffness. He left after striking out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

But the NL playoff picture is a scramble — only the Dodgers and Padres are in so far. He left after striking out with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Manager Joe Girardi said Harper’s back Seeking a third straight NL Cy Young Award, deGrom (4-1, 2 .09 ERA) is scheduled to take his regular

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Mets ace Jacob deGrom makes his final pitch for a third straight NL Cy Young Award as New York plays a doubleheader against Washington.

DeGrom (4-2, 2.14) ranks among the NL leaders in ERA, strikeouts and Wins Above Replacement, but he has tough competition in the Cubs’ Yu Darvish, Reds’ Trevor Bauer, Padres’ Dinelson Lamet and others.

DeGrom could join the late Tom Seaver as the only Mets pitchers to win a trio of Cy Youngs, and the right-hander plans to honour Seaver with his footwear.

DeGrom will wear custom cleats including Seaver’s image and No. 41, and the shoes will be auctioned after the season to benefit out-of-work minor leaguers via the More Than Baseball organization.

A ninth-round pick who spent five seasons in the minors, deGrom joins Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Hunter Pence and Rhys Hoskins among players participating in the program this season.

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PLAYOFF POSITION. The 10-team field for the postseason is set — Oakland and Tampa Bay clinched the last two spots and will meet in the AL wild-card The Yankees will see how lefty James Paxton is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a start after one inning because of a tight left glute muscle.

U.S. markets open in 6 hours 15 minutes. Left -hander Ryan Yarbrough became the 11th Rays pitcher since the start of summer camp to be The Nationals had the second -worst record in the NL when they made the move to get Holt, but were only a couple games out of the expanded playoff field.

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