The Phillies and the Yankees are moving in the wrong direction.
With two Phillies’ losses to the Nationals in a doubleheader and a 10-5 loss by the Yankees to the Twins, Philadelphia and New York are not doing what they need to do right now.
In New York, the Yankees aren’t playing badly, they’re just not playing well enough to hold off the Athletics’ charge for the No. 1 wild-card spot.
The Yankees’ loss to Minnesota on Tuesday dropped New York to 5-5 in its last 10 games, and even more frightening, it allowed Oakland to cut the wild-card lead to just two as the Athletics won 3-2 against the Orioles.
Oakland has made up two games in the last three days and four in the last eight. The Athletics are now coming for both the Yankees and the Astros. It would be best not to forget about them.
In Philadelphia, the team is in danger of giving up its spot in the National League East to a Nationals team that gave up and moved multiple key pieces. With those two losses to Washington, Philadelphia is now six games back of the Braves for the top spot in the division and just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals.
What’s worse? According to MLB.com, Philadelphia has a league-worst 11-22 record since an Aug. 5 win gave it the best record in the National League.
And that’s it, folks. The #Phillies are swept in today’s doubleheader against the Nats. Since they had the second-best record in the NL on Aug. 5, they are a NL-worst 11-22.
— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 12, 2018
Studs of the Night
Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas allowed just one earned run in seven innings while striking out five in an 11-5 win over the Pirates. St. Louis moved to within 1 1/2 games of the top wild-card spot in the National League with the win and opened up the lead on the second spot to three games, as well.
Jacob deGrom set an MLB record by posting his 26th consecutive start allowing three earned runs or fewer Tuesday. He threw seven innings, allowed just two earned runs and struck out nine. He still took the loss as New York fell to the Marlins 5-3. deGrom has a 1.71 ERA this season but has an 8-9 record.
Duds of the Night
Tigers outfielder Nick Castellanos went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in Detroit’s 5-4 loss to the Astros. Houston remains three games up on Oakland for first place in the American League West and moved into second place for the best record in MLB with the Yankees’ loss to the Twins.
Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in Toronto’s 7-2 loss to the Red Sox. Boston clinched a playoff spot and moved to within one win of 100 victories.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell may have had his issues with the bat this season, but he’ll never lose his ability with the glove. He flashed some leather in the ninth inning of a 3-0 win over the Brewers.
Holy cow! ? #SeptemberBaseball pic.twitter.com/4sS5ui2XcB
— MLB (@MLB) September 12, 2018
Diamondbacks (77-68) at Rockies (79-65) 8:40 p.m. ET — With Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Tuesday, the Diamondbacks moved to within 2 1/2 games of first place in the National League West while the Dodgers remained 1 1/2 games back. St. Louis still holds a three-game lead on the Dodgers for the second wild-card spot, so these three teams may be fighting for the division or no playoff berth at all. Patrick Corbin (11-5, 3.01 ERA) will toe the rubber for Arizona while Jon Gray (11-7, 4.69) with be on the bump for Colorado.