The Mariners were certainly hoping that Derek Holland — who was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against the A’s due to a migraine headache — would feel well enough to pitch in Sunday’s season finale. But no such luck for Seattle.
Mike Peasley of ESPN Dallas reports that Nick Martinez, not Holland, will take the mound Sunday afternoon versus the Athletics, who currently hold a one-game lead over the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card slot. Holland still isn’t feeling too hot and the 67-84 Rangers don’t have a legitimate reason to force the issue, so they won’t.
Holland finishes the 2014 campaign with a 2-0 record, 1.31 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings (five starts). He missed the first several months of the season due to January knee surgery.
The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.
During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.
The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.