It's September now. And while a good chunk of the sports world is going football crazy, we over here in the land of baseball are pretty excited about the month ahead of us too. We've got playoff races to watch, divisions to decide and postseason awards to lock up. There will be excitement, disappointment, surprise and agony — and that might only be in the NL East. [ Play a Daily Fantasy contest for cash today! ] As we size up the month ahead, there are storylines abound, from these surprising teams like the New York Mets and the Houston Astros to the juggernauts hoping to escape disappointment like the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. So The Stew's Mike Oz and Chris Cwik are here with the 10 most important storylines for the month ahead. Get ready, baseball fans, because this is going to be a fun one.
If the Washington Nationals are going to make a September push, they're probably going to need Max Scherzer to start pitching like a Cy Young Award candidate again. Mired in arguably his worst stretch, Scherzer will try to help the Nationals end their road woes Wednesday night in a showdown with Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals. A native of Chesterfield, Missouri, Scherzer (11-11, 2.88 ERA) was drafted by St. Louis in the 43rd round in 2003 before opting to attend the University of Missouri.
Sept 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Rays 11, Orioles 2 J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer and drove in six runs while starter Drew Smyly threw seven shutout innings as the Tampa Bay Rays rolled to an 11-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The Rays (66-66) won their third straight game while the Orioles (63-69) dropped their sixth in a row. Baltimore now has lost 12 out of its last 13 games thanks to a pair of these six-game losing skids. ...
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The St. Louis Cardinals showed why they have the best record in baseball Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals. The club pulled off an incredible come from behind victory, beating Washington 8-5. It didn't come easy. The Cardinals entered the eighth inning down two runs, but managed to come back. Washington's bullpen certainly aided in that comeback. After putting two men on base to start the inning, reliever Drew Storen made a costly throwing error, allowing one run to score. Another run would cross the plate on a double play, tying things up. In order to hold the lead in the ninth, manager Matt Williams called upon Casey Janssen. Janssen could not get the job done. Though he managed to pick up two outs quickly, Janssen couldn't keep the Cardinals from rallying. Cody Stanley would double with two outs. That was followed up by a Tommy Pham walk. With two men on, Brandon Moss stepped to the plate. On the second pitch Moss saw from Janssen, he clobbered an 87 mph fastball out to center for the three-run walk-off blast. With the win, St. Louis improved to 86-46 on the year. The Nationals fell to 66-65. Washington remains 6.5 games behind the Mets in the National League East. TORONTO GETS WALK-OFF HOMER FROM UNLIKELY SOURCE The Toronto Blue Jays bats came through once again Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. This time, however, an unlikely candidate helped lead them to a 5-3 win. Toronto was all set to wrap things up in nine innings, but the Indians had other plans. Yan Gomes hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, tying the game 3-3. The Blue Jays were unable to score in the bottom of the frame, sending the game to extras. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Brett Cecil tossed a scoreless 10th for Toronto, leaving the Blue Jays' bats to do their usual work. The middle of the order had batted during the previous inning, however, meaning the bottom of the order would have to get things done. They came through. Ryan Goins belted a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th to give Toronto the 5-3 victory. With the win, the Blue Jays improved to 75-57. The club holds a 1.5 game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East. YANKEES KEEP PACE IN THE EAST The New York Yankees continued to keep pace in the AL East on Tuesday, defeating their long-time rival. New York bullpen made sure to keep the Boston Red Sox off the board during the club's 3-1 win. Starter Michael Pineda did a pretty good job of that as well. Pineda allowed just one run on four hits over six innings. He did not issue any walks and struck out seven during the contest. Unsurprisingly, the Yankees bullpen was able to close things out from there. Dellin Betances did give up three hits during his 1 1/3 innings pitched, but was able to work out of trouble. Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth, preserving the victory. With the win, New York improved to 73-58 on the year. SCHWARBER'S BLAST KEEPS CUBS ON TOP The Chicago Cubs have relied on their young hitters all season, and Tuesday was no different. Kyle Schwarber played the hero during the club's 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. With the Cubs trailing by one, Schwarber stepped to the plate with a man on in the seventh inning. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Schwarber belted an 84 mph splitter for the go-ahead two-run blast. The rookie has been pretty locked in lately. 9 National Leaguers have 30+ RBI since the All-Star Break. 3 of them are #Cubs 32 Schwarber 31 Bryant 30 Rizzo — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) September 2, 2015 With the win, Chicago improved to 75-56. They hold a 6.5 game over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League. Want to see more from Tuesday's slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik
This is what the St. Louis Cardinals had in mind when they acquired Brandon Moss at the non-waiver trade deadline. ''That's a long way to go,'' manager Mike Matheny said after Moss hit a three-run walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning for an 8-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. The NL Central-leading Cardinals have won nine of 10 and lead the division by six games.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Mark Reynolds of the St. Louis Cardinals was taken out for a pinch-hitter two innings after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist in the third inning against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
The Washington Nationals have activated second baseman Dan Uggla from the 15-day disabled list. The Nationals also purchased the contract of catcher Pedro Severino from Double-A Harrisburg and recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse before Tuesday night's game at St. Louis. The 35-year-old Uggla missed 22 games with back spasms and played seven games on a rehab assignment, batting .217 (5 for 23) with a homer and six RBIs.
Welcome to September, when baseball gets more serious, we watch the standings closer and even the dingers matter more. There's sure to be an entertaining month of baseball ahead, but before we get there, let's have one last look back at August. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] As is tradition around here, a flip of the calendar means a leaderboard of the top home-run hitters from the previous month. This month, we don't have the same star power we usually do. There's no Mike Trout or Giancarlo Stanton topping the list. But we do have a new overall No. 1. His name is Michael A. Taylor of the Washington Nationals and he's now hit the longest homer of 2015 , which is something the Nats' fan base can be proud of amid their disappointing season. Won't make it all better, though. Here are the top 5 for August (as seen in the video above) as well as the overall top 10 for the season. All distances via MLB's Statcast system .
A.J. Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 14th inning before the Los Angeles Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs. With slugger Adrian Gonzalez at the plate, the slow-footed Ellis knew he would have to hustle to score. Gonzalez singled to deep left field, driving in Ellis for a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West's top two teams.
Aug 31 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Mets 3, Phillies 1 Bartolo Colon threw eight shutout innings and singled and scored during a three-run fifth inning that lifted the New York Mets to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets (73-58) won their second straight to ensure they would remain at least 5 1/2 games ahead of the Washington Nationals in the National League East. The Phillies (52-80) have lost six of their last eight. ...
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