Reds-Marlins series 9/14
Reds travel to Miami. Arroyo v. Turner (0-2, 5.29), Cueto v. Buehrle (lefty, 12-12, 3.74), Latos v. Nolasco (12-12, 4.40). Nolasco hot pitcher 3-0, 0.36 ERA, 16Ks over his last three starts. Marlins 63-81, at home 32-37. Reds won two of three to open season against Miami. Reds trail Nats by 2.5 in NL overall standings, Reds 11.5 in front in Central.
Cards at LA for four beginning tonight. Wild card battle. Lynn v. Beckett, Kelly v. Capuano, Garcia v. Blanton, Wainright v. Kershaw. First two are 7:10 PM, L.A. time, so good late night viewing for interested Reds fans. Last two games are earlier. Cards lead Dodgers by 1 game in wild card, Reds' fans interest mostly in knocking down magic number even further. Cards with 8 games this year v. Dodgers, with Cards winning three of four in St. Louis in July.
Nats play three in Atlanta starting Friday. Detwiler, Jackson and Gio v. Medlen (8-1), Hanson, and Minor. Nats with tough schedule from here on out, all games against wild card contenders. Sunday night ESPN game. Nats 10-5 over Braves this year so far. Nats have won 12 of last 15 games, since losing four to Phils in late August. Braves had won seven of eight, then were swept in Milwaukee.
Other series of wild card interest in NL. Pirates at Cubs for four starting Friday. Phils at Stros for four starting tonight. Mets at Brewers for three starting Friday. Dickey not scheduled, faces off with Cliff Lee on Monday.