Giants Claim Game 7

The San Francisco Giants won game 7, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in the NLCS to advance to the World Series.  They will play the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-seven series. For the Giants, it will their second appearance in the WS in three years.  San Francisco becomes fourth team to win three straight games against the defending champions, when trailing in a series to advance. Cardinals C Yadier Molina was the bright spot for St. Louis, batting 4 for 4 in the loss. Alas for him, the remainder of the team was 3 for 30. Giants SS Marco Scutaro was named NLCS MVP.

Source: AP/David J. Phillip

Magic Number Now 5

The Cincinnati Reds massacred the Miami Marlins 5-4 in 11 innings. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lost Sunday, meaning the Reds Magic Number is down to 5. Magic Number= Reds Wins+Cardinals Losses=5.

By winning Sunday, the Reds avoided the sweep. It also was a winning day for Cincinnati as the Bengals and the Reds won on the same day.

NL Central Standings as of 9/16

Cincinnati 88 59 .599
St. Louis 77 70 .524 11.0
Milwaukee 74 72 .507 13.5
Pittsburgh 73 72 .503 14.0
Chi Cubs 58 88 .397 29.5
Houston 48 99 .327 40.0

Reds Sweep Pirates

The Cincinnati Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series. The Reds appear to be running away with the division lead. The Pirates and Cardinals are now competing for the wild card spots.

NL Wild Card Standings

Atlanta 81 63 .563
St. Louis 75 68 .524
LA Dodgers 74 69 .517 1.0
Pittsburgh 72 70 .507 2.5
Milwaukee 72 71 .503 3.0
Philadelphia 72 71 .503 3.0
 

NL Central Standings

Cincinnati 87 57 .604
St. Louis 75 68 .524 11.5
Pittsburgh 72 70 .507 14.0
Milwaukee 72 71 .503 14.5
Chi Cubs 56 87 .392 30.5
Houston 45 98 .315 41.5