The Phillies and Diamondbacks can be eliminated tonight

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Just checking in with our friend Bob Timmermann’s MLB Death Watch:

Both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks can be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention if the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals at home on Friday night.

Alternatively, both teams can be eliminated if they lose their own games.

We don’t note all teams’ eliminations like this, but given the way our comments section skews around here, I figure this would be as good a place as any to set up Mourning Central for Phillies fans.  HBT is your safe harbor at the end of this stormy season, Phillies Pholks. Come, cry on each others shoulders here.  I shall bring you tissues and warm drinks to soothe your weary, heavy hearts.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.