The Cubs and Rangers may have postseason spots locked down, but everyone else is still scrambling to find their place before the music stops next weekend.
Kicking things off at 1:05 PM EDT are the Tigers and Cardinals, both of whom are still alive and kicking in their league’s respective wild card races. Detroit’s Daniel Norris and his 3.70 ERA will take the hill against Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura, who is coming off of his second complete game after tossing nine innings of three-run ball to the White Sox last Monday. In Chicago, Cubs’ right-hander Jason Hammel will try to extend the club’s five-game winning streak against the Cardinals.
In the evening, another division title is up for grabs when Clayton Kershaw takes on Chad Bettis and the Rockies. Both Kershaw and the Dodgers have looked solid of late, with the former holding a 1.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts through three starts in September and the latter riding a three-game win streak against the Giants and Rockies. Winning the division this weekend would also be a fitting send-off for Vin Scully, who is broadcasting his last home series in Dodger Stadium before his retirement at the end of the season.
Of course, a division win also depends heavily on Madison Bumgarner and the Giants, who would need to drop their game against the Padres’ Jarred Cosart in order to help their rivals to a fourth consecutive NL West title.
You can find more from Saturday’s action below.
Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris), 1:05 PM EDT
St. Louis Cardinals (Alex Reyes) @ Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel), 1:05 PM EDT
Texas Rangers (Yu Darvish) @ Oakland Athletics (Raul Alcantara), 4:05 PM EDT
New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman), 4:07 PM EDT
Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ Baltimore Orioles (Wade Miley), 7:05 PM EDT
Washington Nationals (Joe Ross) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Ivan Nova), 7:05 PM EDT
Atlanta Braves (Aaron Blair) @ Miami Marlins (Wei-Yin Chen), 7:10 PM EDT
Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Cleveland Indians (Cody Anderson), 7:10 PM EDT
Cincinnati Reds (Dan Straily) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Taylor Jungmann), 7:10 PM EDT
Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin) @ Houston Astros (Brad Peacock), 7:10 PM EDT
Philadelphia Phillies (Alec Asher) @ New York Mets (Sean Gilmartin), 7:10 PM EDT
Seattle Mariners (Ariel Miranda) @ Minnesota Twins (Tyler Duffey), 7:10 PM EDT
San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner) @ San Diego Padres (Jarred Cosart), 8:40 PM EDT
Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 9:10 PM EDT
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”