With the way the season was shaping up, it was going to be a long shot for the Philadelphia Phillies to make the playoffs.
The Braves showed good focus, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.
The disaster that has become the Miami Marlins seasons is almost mercifully over for the team and for fans, but not without a player versus manager scandal that will likely end up with one or both of the parties gone at the end of the season.
The Miami Marlins descent into madness is almost complete in 2012. The team’s owner spent the weekend sniping at a former manager and Monday, closer Heath Bell took aim at the team’s current manager, Ozzie Guillen.
R.A. Dickey earned his 19th victory with a strong performance, Jason Bay and Scott Hairston homered and the New York Mets barely held on in the ninth inning for their second straight home win, 4-3 over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
R.A. Dickey’s chances of an NL Cy Young Award may have taken a hit with back-to-back losses, though it’s mostly no fault of his own.
Lucas Duda popped the ball up in the first inning, then jogged up the first-base line. When the ball dropped behind third baseman Gil Velazquez into short left field, he wound up with only a single. An inning later, Mets manager Terry Collins pulled Duda from the game.
No one will argue the Miami Marlins season of promise turned into a disaster, but is it enough to cost manager Ozzie Guillen his job? According to a new FoxSports.com report, it just might.
A little numbness wasn’t going to keep Carlos Lee out of the lineup.
Although the Cincinnati Reds are running away with the NL Central, there are some growing concerns for Dusty Baker’s club. Their offense is suddenly sputtering, and ace Johnny Cueto seems like he’s hit a wall.