Also-rans ready to cause serious trouble
Tim Kurkjian is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and an analyst for "Baseball Tonight."
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|Nick Swisher, NYY||26||BAL||Bot 9: 2-0, 1 Out. 1 on.||Uehara|
|B.J. Upton, TB||16||BOS||Top 2: 0-2, 0 Outs. 2 on.||Wakefield|
|Ian Kinsler, TEX||8||TOR||Top 1: 3-1, 0 Outs. None on.||Rzepczynski|
|Wilson Ramos, WAS||1||NYM||Bot 5: 1-0, 2 Outs. 1 on.||Dickey|
|Omar Vizquel, CHW||2||DET||Top 4: 2-1, 1 Out. None on.||Bonderman|
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WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTBrett Myers, RHP, Astros
Think contenders wouldn't mind having Myers down the stretch? Many tried at the trade deadline, but the Astros held onto him. He tossed seven shutout innings, striking out eight while allowing three hits to lower his ERA to 2.91. Myers is 3-0 over his past four starts
WORSTMatt Garza, RHP, Rays
The Red Sox pounded Garza for nine hits, six runs and four homers over only 4 1/3 innings of work. It marked the second time in two months that Garza has served up four homers in a game. He gave up four against the Orioles in an 11-10 loss on July 20.
THURSDAY'S BEST MATCHUPS
Reds at Rockies, 3:10 p.m. ET
The Reds' Travis Wood pitched well in July when he faced the Rockies, going six innings while allowing three hits and a run. But he lost that start, 1-0 at home. The Rockies' Jason Hammel has won his past two starts while helping Colorado inch closer in the NL West.
Cardinals at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET
Adam Wainwright has lost four consecutive starts, quickly going from 17-6 to 17-10. Opponents have hit him, but he's also gotten little help from his own lineup; the Cardinals have scored only eight runs in those four starts. Jair Jurrjens, on the other hand, has won his past four decisions.
Giants at Padres, 10:05 p.m. ET
A big weekend in the NL West, as the Giants try to draw ever closer to the fading Padres. San Francisco sends Matt Cain out for the opener of the series; he's been beaten twice by San Diego this season. The Padres give the ball to Jon Garland, who has a 2.68 ERA at home this season.