By the Associated Press
A look at what is happening around the big ones today:
Oakland’s right-hander Chris Bassitt promised to return to the mound at the end of the season after a frightening 100 km / h line run in the face in August. 17.
He gets the chance in the league final against Seattle at the Coliseum. Bassitt (12-4, 3.22) underwent facial surgery in August. 24 to repair three cheekbone fractures after being hit by a liner from Brian Goodwin of the White Sox.
“It’s been a bit of a torture chamber,” Bassitt said. “I’m happy to finally be back and hopefully help the team win.”
Immediately after he was injured, Bassitt manager Bob Melvin and the medical staff let it be known that he was definitely planning to retire this year. Bassitt led the American League in wins, innings (151) and starts (25) at the time of injury.
“Knowing that Chris is obviously selling some of it to us, to have that understanding of it,” athletic coach Nick Paparesta said of the pitcher’s quick comeback. “What has Chris done this year? Chris has had a fantastic season. He has been an All-Star. What more does he have to prove? But I think he has something to prove to himself that he can go out there and he can do what he needs to help this team to win and compete.
The 32-year-old Bassitt returns to start a game between wild-card competitors.
“I’ve been ready,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time before many boxes had to be checked. Finally we all checked. “
Almost unmanned at times, Max Scherzer has done everything the Dodgers had hoped for – and more – since they got him from Washington in late July on the trade deadline.
Scherzer is 7-0 with a 0.78 ERA in nine starts for Los Angeles as it tries to overtake San Francisco in the NL West. In 58 innings, he allowed only 31 hits and struck out 79.
The three-time winner of the Cy Young Award is 15-4 with a major league-leading 2.08 ERA. The 37-year-old right-hander tries to stay undefeated with the Dodgers when he starts against Colorado at Coors Field. The Rockies will throw left-leaning Kyle Freeland, 3-3, with a 5.36 ERA at home this season.
Scherzer is 11-0 with a 1.90 ERA of 17 starts since a May 30 loss to the Nationals against Milwaukee. He has not allowed a earned race over his last 36 2/3 laps.
Scherzer hopes to end a new series of him. He’s a good pitcher most of his career, and he’s 0 for 55 overall on the plate this season – not reaching the base safely once.
José Abreu, Yasmani Grandal and the White Sox look set to win their first AL Central title since 2008, and just need to win a doublehead tonight at Cleveland.
The White Sox are on the verge of reaching the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in team history.
Reynaldo López (3-3, 3.00 ERA) starts the opening for Chicago and Aaron Civale (11-4, 3.40) for second place Cleveland.
The White Sox have lost five of seven. Their magic number to win the division is two.
Adam Wainwright has won nine of his last ten decisions.
St. Louis has won 11 in a row, the best streak since a round of 11 games in 2001. The Cardinals’ longest winning streak is franchise history is 14, back in 1935 when Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean starred for them.
Star third baseman Nolan Arenado went out early with tightness in the lower back during a 10-2 victory over Brewers on Wednesday night.
“It tightened him up a bit and just wanted to get him out of there as a precaution,” said manager Mike Shildt. “There’s always some concern, but it felt better at the end of the match than it did when he was taken out.”
The Cardinals have a lead of 4 1/2 games over Cincinnati and Philadelphia for the latest NL wild-card slot machine.
The 40-year-old Wainwright (16-7, 2.89 ERA) starts against Adrian Houser (9-6, 3.43) and division leader Milwaukee. Wainwright is number two in the majors in victories behind the Dodgers’ Julio Urías and is 5-0 with a 1.51 ERA since August. 17 losses for the Brewers.
Left-hander Steven Matz is a career-best 13-8 with a 3.84 ERA as Toronto, battling for a playoff spot, opens a series on the Minnesota Twins and Michael Pineda (7-8, 3.74).
The Blue Jays are a half game behind the inactive Yankees for the second AL wildcard.
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