Even the best in baseball have some flaws
Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and an analyst for "Baseball Tonight." Read his daily ESPN.com blog here.
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|Paul Konerko, CHW||33||CLE||Top 8: 1-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Germano|
|Matt Holliday, STL||24||HOU||Top 1: 3-2, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Figueroa|
|Jimmy Rollins, PHI||7||LAD||Top 1: 1-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Kershaw|
|Hunter Pence, HOU||21||STL||Bot 5: 1-1, 2 Outs. 2 on.||Suppan|
|Miguel Tejada, SD||11||ARI||Top 4: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.||Enright|
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
HUNT FOR OCTOBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
|San Diego||76-56||--||82.9 pct.|
|San Francisco||74-60||3.0||37.6 pct.|
WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTTommy Hanson, RHP, Braves
It'd been a long time since Hanson won a start. He had not had a victory since July 3, a stretch of 10 starts. During the run, he was 0-5 with five no-decisions. But he finally broke through against the Mets, allowing only one hit over seven innings of the Braves' 4-1 victory.
WORSTScott Olsen, LHP, Nationals
There was a brawl between the Marlins and Nationals. There wasn't, however, much pitching. The two teams combined for 26 runs and 31 hits in the Marlins' 16-10 win. The worst line in a night full of them? That would belong to Olsen, who was the losing pitcher. He lasted 1 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and nine runs.
THURSDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
A's at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. ET
CC Sabathia heads to the mound in search of win No. 18. Sabathia has won each of his past five starts, though he got the victory with some help from his offense in his most recent start. In that one, he gave up nine hits and five runs over seven innings, but the Yankees outslugged the White Sox for a 12-9 win.
Phillies at Rockies, 7:10 p.m. ET
After a 3-6 start to open the year, the Phillies' Joe Blanton has settled in. He has allowed two or fewer runs in four of his past six starts, lowering his ERA from 6.41 to 5.15. Jhoulys Chacin has won back-to-back games, allowing one run in 14 2/3 innings.
Tigers at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET
Scott Baker has not lost since July 19, going 5-0 in seven starts. And he has been very good all year at Target Field, posting an 8-3 record with a 3.86 ERA. The Tigers' Justin Verlander has a 1.64 ERA against Minnesota this season.