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MLB National League Wild Card In Three Way Dead Heat Race Coming Down The Stretch

Adam Wainwright adds four RBI in 10-5 win over Rockies.

The 2016 MLB Wild Card race became very interesting last night between the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. Over the past weekend, the Mets moved the Giants out of first by one game, and the Cardinals were trailing by two in third place. Monday, the Cardinals tied the second place Giants. Last night, with the Cardinals and Giants winning, the Mets lost their second to the Atlanta Braves, we now have a three-way tie. A dead heat race coming down the stretch with eleven games left in the season to determine the first and second place Wild Card teams. However, should the season close with a three team tie, the following would transpire.

From "Cardinal Red Baseball", Matthew Cerrone at WordPress

Per the blog by Matthew Cerrone, WordPress.com ~ "According to MLB Network Radio host Steve Phillips, in the event of a three-way tie between the Mets, Giants and Cardinals for the NL Wild Card, the Mets will play the Cardinals on Oct. 4."  

"The winner will be considered the top Wild Card team."

"The loser from Mets-Cardinals on Oct. 4 will face the Giants on Oct. 5."

"The Oct. 5 winner will then face the Oct. 4 winner on Oct. 6."

"Then, finally, the winner from October 6 will be declared the remaining Wild Card team and advance to play the Cubs in the NL Division Series in Chicago on Oct. 7."

NEXT SERIES' TO BE PLAYED BY THE TRIO

The Cardinals close their current series with the Colorado Rockies today. Next stop is the Chicago Cubs, return home to host the Cincinnati Reds, closing the season facing the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants close their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers today, travel to face the San Diego Padres who swept them Sept 12-14 at home in AT&T Park. They return home to host the Rockies, and face the Dodgers for the last of their season. The Mets, looking to stay a sweep by the Atlanta Braves today at home, will then host the Philadelphia Phillies before they close on the road against the Miami Marlins, followed by the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Collectively, 33 very important games left to be played. 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM CARDINALS-ROCKIES GAME TWO

Cardinals Matt Adams put them on the board early, facing Rockies Jorge De La Rosa, with a solo-shot out over right in the second inning for a 1-1 tie. Jedd Gyorko found his bat against De La Rosa. In the fourth he blasts a rocket out over center over the 415 marker to rest in the evergreens for a two-hole shot. He is now tied with teammate and buddy, Brandon Moss, with 27 home runs this season.  

The big hitter of the game, starter Adam Wainwright. He had given up 3 HR/4 ER in his 5.1 IP; however, he matched those runs he allowed by adding his own four RBI for the game. Not home runs, but 2 hits well enough placed in the open green to add his contribution on the board.  

The Cardinals would go on to take the win, 10-5, for Wainwright's his 12 and handing Rockies Jorge De La Rosa his eighth loss. The Cardinals hold a 0-2 series lead over the Rockies.

De La Rosa, 4.2 IP, eight runs with seven earned, issued three walks and fanned eight in his short stand. The 35 year old De La Rosa will be a free agent in 2017 and has been told by the Rockies organization he will not be re-signed. His appearance last night was his last at Coors Stadium; and, his last wearing a Rockies uniform. He has been with the Rockies since 2008. 

THE FINAL GAME - DAY GAME AT 2:10 CST

Cardinals 23 year old rookie Luke Weaver (1-3/3.21 ERA) will face Rockies 21 year old rookie German Marquez (0-0/5.06 ERA). This will be Marquez's debut as a starter for the Rockies. Much like Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes, when he was brought up to the majors he was placed in the bullpen. He has three relief appearances since his major league debut September 8. Rockies hope is that Marquez will be a strong candidate to replace Jorge De La Rosa in the Rockies rotation. 

Just a note regarding Marquez. Obviously the young hurler is still getting his MLB legs in the Bigs holding a healthy average. However, his resume is impressive.  

Per the article in The Denver Post:  "He was the Eastern League pitcher of the year, going 9-6 with a 2.85 ERA and recording 126 strikeouts in 21 starts at Hartford, Conn. in his first season in Double-A. That earned him a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque and then to the Rockies. In 26 combined starts at Double-A and Triple-A, Marquez went 11-6 with a 3.13 ERA in 166⅔ innings, striking out 155 batters while walking only 39."  The thing that jumps out at you is his easy velocity,” Weiss said. “He throws in the upper 90s, but it’s very easy. There is not a lot of effort and he has a good finish. And he’s got a good breaking ball. His changeup is a work in progress right now, but it’s coming along. For a 21-year-old kid, he’s very impressive.”

So we will see how these two rookies match-up. 

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