The race to win the National League West is going to come down to the wire and the leader of the division has changed once again.
The Dodgers took down the Cardinals Saturday 17-4 behind three home runs from Yasiel Puig while the Rockies lost to the Giants 3-0 which gives Los Angeles a 1/2-game lead in the division race.
Two yesterday, three today. Does that mean @YasielPuig’s hitting four homers tomorrow? pic.twitter.com/gHSEnEeNjG
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 15, 2018
The Diamondbacks are also still in the race for the West, but they got knocked around by the Astros 10-4 to fall four games back of the Dodgers for the top spot and 3 1/2 games back of the Rockies for second in the division.
Houston now leads the American League West by 3 1/2 games as the A’s fell to the Rays 7-5 on the strength of Jake Bauers’ three-run home run off of trade deadline acquisition Jeurys Familia.
Rake Bauers.#RaysUp pic.twitter.com/WCOWJqyKs6
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 16, 2018
In the National League Central, the Cubs fought off the Reds for a 1-0 victory which helped them open up a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers, who fell to Pittsburgh 3-1.
Studs of the Night
Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, walk and two RBIs in Cleveland’s 15-0 win over the Tigers. The Indians clinched the American League Central with the win.
Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk went 3 for 5 with two home runs and two RBIs in an 8-7 win over the Yankees. New York remains 1 1/2 games ahead of the A’s for the first wild-card spot.
Dud of the Night
Mets outfielder Jay Bruce went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in New York’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox.
Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger took away a double from Angels outfielder Justin Upton.
“Nah.” — @M_Hanny17, probably. #TrueToTheBlue pic.twitter.com/aCUkvFU5dt
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 16, 2018
Seattle is 7 1/2 games back for the A’s for the second wild-card spot.
Nationals (75-74) at Braves (83-65) 1:35 p.m. ET — The race for the National League East is not over. While Atlanta has a 6 1/2-game lead on the Phillies for first in the division, anything can happen with 14 games left. The Nationals could even come back to win it though that is highly unlikely. Washington will send Tanner Roark (8-15, 4.37) to the mound with the Braves will give the ball to Sean Newcomb (12-8, 3.82).