Matt Stairs perfect complement for playoff push
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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|Jose Bautista, TOR||47||BAL||Top 1: 0-1, 2 Outs. None on.||Bergesen|
|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||22||SD||Bot 3: 1-1, 1 Out. 2 on.||Richard|
|Troy Tulowitzki, COL||23||SD||Bot 4: 0-1, 0 Outs. 2 on.||Mujica|
|Adrian Gonzalez, SD||28||COL||Top 6: 1-2, 1 Out. None on.||De La Rosa|
|Adrian Gonzalez, SD||29||COL||Top 8: 0-0, 1 Out. 2 on.||Beimel|
Thursday's Best Matchups
Diamondbacks at Reds, 12:35 p.m. ET
Edinson Volquez didn't factor in the decision in his most recent outing, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a gem. Volquez, in his first start since being recalled from the minors, allowed one hit over seven shutout innings against the Pirates. He struck out 10 and handed out just one walk.
Padres at Cardinals, 8:10 p.m. ET
The Cardinals are pretty much finished, but they still can affect the National League West race. The Padres took two of three from Colorado before losing Wednesday's finale. San Diego's Tim Stauffer has been nearly untouchable on the road in 15 appearances, going 2-1 with an 0.64 ERA. Granted, only one of those outings came as a starter.
Dodgers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET
The Giants' Jonathan Sanchez has allowed one run over his past three starts, spanning 20 innings. The most interesting of those three outings came in his most recent one, against the the Padres. Sanchez allowed one hit over five shutout innings. He also struck out four. Here's the catch -- he walked seven in a no-decision. The Giants did win the game 1-0.
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WEB GEMS LEADERBOARD
HUNT FOR OCTOBER
NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
|San Diego||80-63||--||64.6 pct.|
|San Francisco||82-64||0.5||56.4 pct.|
WEDNESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
BESTTroy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies
Colorado was in danger of being swept, at home, by the Padres. Tulowitzki made sure that didn't happen, by countering San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez's two-homer day with a two-homer, seven-RBI day of his own in the Rockies' 9-6 win.
WORSTMatt Lindstrom, RHP, Astros
Lindstrom didn't get an out. But he did get a loss. He gave up three hits and two runs as the Astros turned an eighth-inning lead into a 8-6 loss against the Brewers. Lindstrom hadn't allowed a run -- and had allowed only one hit -- over his previous seven appearances.