As you probably know, we picked the Diamondbacks to win the N.L. West, so the thinking was this weekend’s series with the Cubs was going to be a good indication of how that whole prediction would play out.
So far, so good.
After dropping the first game of the series 6-2, Arizona bounced back to squeak out a 3-1 win on Friday and capped off the series with another close one Saturday (5-4).
The two wins kept the Diamondbacks 3 games up in the division, while the Cubs cling to a 1.5 game lead in the disaster that is the N.L. Central.
Both teams start showdowns that can make or break their divisions today as the Cubs welcome the Brew Crew and the Diamondbacks head to San Diego. Other showdowns between first and second place teams this week include: Angels @ Mariners, Red Sox @ Yankees and Mets @ Phillies.
Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5: Chris Young (above) went yard in his first at-bat, then added a three-run shot in the second to put Arizona up for good. The Diamondback bullpen held the Cubs scoreless over the last five innings.
Yankees 4, Tigers 5: Basically, Curtis Granderson is the balls. The leadoff man who continues to amaze hit an inside-the-park home run to lift Detroit, who lost pitcher Jair Jurrjens in the second inning with shoulder tightness. The last three Tiger relievers held the Yankees scoreless.
Red Sox 11, White Sox 1: Remember when we called for Ozzie Guillen’s head? Yea…that’s looking a bit overdue now. The Sox (pale) are now in dead last in the Central. They’re 1.5 games behind THE ROYALS. There were Red Sox fans all over Chi this weekend, and they got their money’s worth as Boston outscored Chicago 46-7 in the four-game set. Seriously. Fire Ozzie.
Braves 1, Cardinals 4: While the Brewers and Cubs are tanking, St. Louis continues to hang on (just 2 games back). Adam Wainwright was brilliant for the Cards, giving up just six hits, the lone Braves run coming on a Brian McCann RBI single. St. Louis has won two in a row and heads to reeling Houston while the Cubs and Brewers duke it out.
Twins 11, Orioles 3
Athletics 4, Devil Rays 7
Indians 5, Royals 3 (F/11)
Blue Jays 1, Angels 3
Mariners 3, Rangers 5
Marlins 3, Reds 9
Padres 2, Phillies 14
Pirates 4, Astros 5
Nationals 5, Rockies 10
Brewers 4, Giants 5
Dodgers 6, Mets 2