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With only four days in the regular season, things are tightening up.  The Phillies, who lead the way, continue to struggle and have started to scoreboard watch. Fortunately for them, the Mets failed to capitalize, falling to the Cubs. The Brewers continued to stay hot and look like a different team then the one that took the field during the first three weeks of September. As we approach the final weekend of the season, three teams are within two games of each other.

Recap of Wednesday’s Action:

Brett Myers followed a poor start at Florida, with another poor start last night. Myers had no command of his fastball and gave up six runs on ten hits, in four-and-a-third innings, as the Braves beat the Phillies 10-4. Chipper Jones’ three-run pinch hit home run in the fifth inning, iced the game for the Braves. Although the Phillies lost, it didn’t mean there weren’t any fireworks. In the eighth inning with the Braves leading 10-4, Shane Victorino was leading off third base. Braves pitcher Julian Tavarez ran off the mound toward third base, chasing Victorino back to first. Given the fact the Braves had a six run lead, Victorino, took exception to Tavarez actions, said something and pointed to the scoreboard. That followed the benches emptying (with Pat Burrell leading the charge), and the bullpens emptying. There were no ejections, just bench warnings. In the end all it gave was Phillies fans a little excitement during a let down in South Philadelphia.

The Mets and the Cubs battled in Flushing. The Mets jumped out to an early 5-1 lead thanks to a grand slam by Carlos Delgado. It wasn’t enough as the Cubs battled back, highlighted by Reed Johnson’s two-run single. In the seventh, the Cubs took a lead of their own when Alfonso Soriano doubled down the left field line, scoring Ronnie Cedeno. In the eighth, Jeff Samardzija loaded the bases, then walked Ramon Martinez, scoring Delgado, tying the game again (this time at six). In the ninth, Danny Murphy led off the inning with a triple, but Bob Howry took care of business. He struck out David Wright, then intentionally walked Delgado and Carlos Beltran to load the bases. He then got Ryan Church to ground out (Murphy out at home), and ended the inning by striking out Ramon Castro. The Cubs put the game away scoring three runs in the tenth (all with two outs). Ryan Theriot scored on a Derek Lee double, and Lee came home on Aramis Ramirez’s home run to left field.

In Milwaukee CC Sabathia continued to make his case for NL Cy Young consideration. Working on short rest, Sabathia overmatched the Pirates, pitching seven strong innings. He allowed four hits, one run, and struck out eleven. As good as Sabathia looked, Paul Maholm and two relievers only allowed two hits. They also walked nine. Unfortunately when you walk nine batters, limiting your opponents to two hits loses meaning. Jason Kendall is credited with the game winning RBI, when he walked with the bases loaded (the second consecutive bases loaded walk), in the fourth inning.

After yesterday’s action, the Phillies lead the NL East by one-and-a-half a game over the Mets, and the Mets find themselves tied for the Wild Card with the Brewers.

Magic Numbers:

Phillies – 3 Playoffs, 3 Division
Mets – 5 Playoffs, 6 Division
Brewers – 5 Playoffs

Thursday’s Preview:

Cubs @ Mets – Last night’s loss hurt the Mets. Failing to score a run with the winning run on third base is almost inexcusable. Given the Brewers recent surge, the pressure is now on the Mets not to repeat last season’s collapse. The best thing they can do it put the loss behind them, and focus on the game tonight.

Pedro Martinez will start for the Mets. 2008 hasn’t been the kindest season to Pedro. From spending time on the disabled list, to the passing of his father, to resembling a shell of the pitcher he once was, Martinez has had a rough go. Pedro will look to put this seasons struggles behind him as he takes the mound for his final regular season start of 2008. Martinez is 5-6 with a 5.60 ERA, and is stuck in the worst rut of his career. In his past three starts, Pedro is 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA.  Don’t count Pedro out just yet.  As far as clutch pitcher’s go, Pedro’s near the top.

Opposing Pedro will be Rich Harden. Harden, who came to the Cubs in a late July trade with the Athletics, has been a stud. In 11 starts for the Cubs this season, Harden is 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA. In his last start, Harden gave up one hit and one run over five innings, but struggled with his control walking six.

Pirates @ Brewers – The Brewers have heated up, and it’s up to them to win if they want to snap a 26 year postseason drought. With the Cubs coming to Milwaukee to finish out the season, it’s not going to get any easier. Sweeping the Pirates will give them some momentum heading into their biggest series of the season.

Yovani Gallardo will make the start for the Brewers. Gallardo has been on the disabled list since May first with a knee injury, and was activated on Tuesday. Gallardo has only made three starts this season, where he didn’t factor in a decision, but posted a stingy 1.80 ERA.

The Pirates will send Zach Duke to the hill, in hopes of avoiding a sweep. Duke, a one time top prospect, has struggled with inconsistency and injuries throughout his career. This season is no different. Duke is 5-14 this season with a 4.96 ERA, but is 1-7 in his last 10 starts.

The Phillies have their final day off of the season. Given their play the past couple games, a day for them to clear their head in order. They start their final series of the regular season Friday at home against the Nationals.

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