With blowout wins for all three contenders on Tuesday, let's lay out the scenarios for a potential three-way tie for the NL wild card.
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Giants starter Matt Moore's dominance was attributable to a new pitch for him, his cutter. Moore had 4 strikeouts with it, his most with the pitch in any game. All four strikeouts were swinging. Moore has thrown 129 cutters since his first start with the Giants. He threw 85 in his career prior to that. Giants pitchers have seven games with 4+ K with their cutter. No other team has more than 3.
Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.
Giants somehow still in the mix
San Francisco has won one series in the entire month of September and hasn't won a series at home since Aug. 26-28. But if the wild-card game was today, the Giants would still be in it. To lock things up, they have to get a few more wins this week. Baseball's final week madness
Bruce Bochy said he doesn't plan on stepping down at the end of the season and hasn't lost his hunger for winning.
The Giants acquired infielder Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Braves to give themselves some help for the final week with Eduardo Nunez injured.
Lineup: Giants (82-74) vs. Rockies (73-83)
- 1. Denard Span, CF (L)
- 2. Brandon Belt, 1B (L)
- 3. Buster Posey, C (R)
- 4. Hunter Pence, RF (R)
- 5. Brandon Crawford, SS (L)
- 6. Angel Pagan, LF (S)
- 7. Joe Panik, 2B (L)
- 8. Conor Gillaspie, 3B (L)
- 9. Matt Moore, LHP
Cardinals' wild-card chances take a hit
A 15-2 rout at the hands of the Reds was the last thing the Cards needed on Monday. Now they are a full game behind the Giants for the second wild card. The Mets also lost, but that didn't seem so important during an emotional night in Miami.
Giants drop in Power Rankings
The Giants remain locked in a contentious, three-team battle for an NL wild-card spot with the Mets and Cardinals. Losing two of four to the Padres over the weekend didn't help, and the bullpen still can't be trusted. Week 25 Power Rankings
Who's a surprise World Series contender?
While the Cubs are the obvious favorites in the NL, Tony Blengino thinks the wild-card survivor could give them problems and be dangerous if they pull off the upset. The Giants, with their strong rotation, always pose a threat. MLB Insiders Roundtable
Eight teams. Four open spots. One wild week. Here's who will still be playing after Sunday.
Big series ahead for Giants
The Giants' pitching staff is in good shape heading into a three-game set against the Rockies: The bullpen will be rested after a day off Monday, and Johnny Cueto, Matt Moore and Jeff Samardzija are the scheduled starters. Buster Olney breaks down the matchup. Key final-week series (Insider)
Giants suffer Sunday's biggest loss
The bullpen let the Giants down in their 4-3 loss to the Padres, but the offense shouldn't be let off the hook, either. The Giants have hit just .220/.287/.326 in September and rank last in the majors in several key categories. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)
Best-case scenario for Mets on Sunday
The Mets drubbed the Phillies 17-0 while both the Giants and Cardinals lost close games later in the day, allowing New York to once again move a game ahead in the wild-card standings.
Rookie Manuel Margot tripled in the seventh inning and scored the go-ahead run on Wil Myers' single as the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday.
Mets' loss is Cardinals', Giants' gain
The Mets nearly rallied back from down 10-0 but ultimately lost 10-8 to the Phillies on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Giants and Cardinals both won, allowing San Francisco to tie New York and St. Louis to remain within a half-game of both teams in the wild-card standings.
The San Francisco Giants blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat the San Diego Padres 9-6 Saturday night.
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