September is here! The urgency with which we consider watching the scoreboard, and also consider things like magic numbers now really kicks in.
The Cubs beat the Braves last night to keep up their winning ways, but elsewhere in the NL Central, there was plenty of winning as well.
The Brewers hosted the Nationals and won 6-3, and the Cardinals went out to San Francisco and beat the Giants 5-2. That leaves the Brewers still 3.5 games back of the Cubs, and the Cardinals 6.0 games back.
Despite the Brewers’ win, with the Cubs winning, the Cubs’ magic number to clinch the NL Central is down to 26.
Meanwhile, out west, the Dodgers lost again, and although there is absolutely no chance they do not win the NL West, I can’t help but wonder if their fan base is freaking out at the prospect of having lost five in a row. I remember how Cubs fans reacted to the Cubs’ ugly stretch midseason last year …
Last night’s trade activity was almost exclusively centered on the American League playoff races, as the Astros solidified their hold on the AL West and beefed up for the playoffs by nabbing Justin Verlander from the Astros (crud), and Cameron Maybin from the Angels. Those Angels acquired Justin Upton from the Tigers and Brandon Phillips from the Braves, and muddied up an already densely-packed AL Wild Card race. It’ll be fun to follow that one from afar.
No big waiver trade deadline activity for the Brewers, and the Cardinals made their move by selling off Mike Leake.