The Wrap: NL
NL Quote of the Night:
"I'm never going to be happy coming out after four innings regardless of what the circumstances are. I want to go out there and get deep in games."
-- Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee on having to end his day of work prematurely due to a 1 hour, 51 minute rain delay in a Phillies victory in Atlanta.
Mets 6, Nationals 2
Is this where the Nats can make a statement about where they belong in the NL East pecking order? Maybe it is, but they didn't necessarily make the statement they wanted on Sunday, losing a meek attempt to a banged up and generally woeful Mets squad. With future former-manager Jim Riggleman claiming to be upset by the team's "lack of effort," (not to mention a listless appearance from reliever Zach Segovia) one wonders whether they have another decent push left in their season, doesn't one? Bryce Harper anyone?
Dodgers 6, Giants 2
Say goodbye, San Francisco. If the Giants had any realistic shot of sneaking into the NL playoffs, they had to win every Tim Linececum start down the stretch. They just had to. Well, San Francisco fell short of that edict on Sunday, dropping a grudge match to the Dodgers after L.A. pelted the reigning Cy Young winner in a victory that pushed L.A. a full 30 games above .500 for the first time in a whopping 24 years. That's right, 30 games above .500. If you thought the Dodgers were going to fade into an NL Wild Card spot -- or worse -- well, they seem to be more than happy to contradict you, a statement they made with aplomb by knocking five runs off Lincecum in only four innings of work. If having a dominant ace like Lincecum batted around by a rival isn't demoralizing for a club, well, we're not sure what is.
Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 1
Wait, Jason Giambi is about to be a key role player for another playoff team? Really? Don't look now, but it looks like it's going to happen, and Giambi is playing a pretty significant part of getting the Rockies there in the first place. The slugging first baseman drove out a key homer in Colorado's win in Phoenix on Sunday, helping lift the Rockies to a 4 1/2 game advantage in the Wild Card standings, with an extra game added on to Colorado's edge over the Giants, Marlins and Braves. With the regular season dwindling down, it seems more a question of when the Rockies will lock up the Wild Card, not if. When they do, they can be thankful for Giambi and the continued second half surge of pitchers like Ubaldo Jimenez, who bettered Dan Haren yet again to improve to 14-11 on the season.
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