CINCINNATI (AP) — Dexter Fowler is doing everything he can to get the St. Louis Cardinals into the playoffs Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 on Tuesday night. Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong also connected for St. Louis, which was swept by NL Central-leading Chicago over the weekend and had dropped four of five overall. Juan Nicasio (4-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Tyler Lyons got two outs for his third save. The third-place Cardinals (78-72) remained six games back of the Cubs in the division. St. Louis also is in the mix for a wild card after missing the playoffs last season. "It
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Are the Cubs lining up Jake Arrieta to start Game 1 against the Washington Nationals? Im not even anywhere near that, manager Joe Maddon said during Tuesdays pregame media session with the Chicago media, immediately shifting his focus back to the decisions he would have to make that night how hard to push catcher Willson Contreras coming off the disabled list, what the Cubs would get out of lefty Mike Montgomery, how the bullpen sets up against the Tampa Bay Rays. Arrieta had just completed a throwing session at Tropicana Field and declared himself ready to face the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday at Miller Park.
I don’t have anything to say about this game. Chad Bell has been the very definition of replacement level for the Tigers this season, posting unremarkable strikeout and walk rates as a rotation fill-in down the stretch. He was mildly intriguing as a long relief option out of the bullpen, but his numbers have fallen off considerably after that early honeymoon period. A’s rookie starter Daniel Gossett is your run-of-the-mill back-end starter, and we’ll discuss him a bit more below. So, let’s talk about the 2018 MLB draft (again). The Tigers have widened the gap between themselves and others vying for the No. 4 overall pick. The New York Mets are three games “behind” Detroit in the loss column,