By Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published October 3, 2000
PITCHING: Today -- Braves RH Greg Maddux (19-9, 3.00 ERA) vs. Cardinals LH Rick Ankiel (11-7, 3.50), 1:07 p.m. at St. Louis, ESPN; Thursday -- Braves LH Tom Glavine (21-9, 3.40) vs. Cardinals RH Darryl Kile (20-9, 3.91), 4:07 p.m. at St. Louis, ESPN; Saturday -- Braves RH Andy Ashby (12-13, 4.92) vs. Cardinals RH Garrett Stephenson (16-9, 4.49), time TBA at Atlanta; Sunday -- Braves TBA vs. RH Pat Hentgen (15-12, 4.72), time TBA at Atlanta; Monday -- Braves TBA vs. RH Andy Benes (12-9, 4.88), time TBA at St. Louis.
SEASON SERIES: St. Louis 4-3.
BRAVES: Despite losing John Smoltz for the season and dealing with seasonlong John Rocker circus, Braves won ninth straight division title. ... After shaky start, Rocker has been tough down the stretch despite blowing save on final day of season to cost Atlanta home field in this series. Rocker hasn't allowed an earned run since Aug. 22, a span of 131/3 innings. ... Atlanta is 15-2 in division series games since format began in 1995. ... Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are pitching well heading into post-season. Maddux had a string of 391/3 scoreless innings end in his last start against the Mets. Glavine has pitched 14 straight scoreless innings entering post-season. Two aces would likely start four of five games if series goes the distance.
CARDINALS: Will Clark has feasted on Atlanta pitching, going 13-for-29 (.448) with five homers, eight RBI and 10 runs scored. ... Edgar Renteria sets table for Cards, hitting .478 with six runs scored in seven games. ... MVP candidate Jim Edmonds (5-for-28) struggled in first go-round against Atlanta's vaunted staff, but hit two homers in four-game series in Atlanta in late August. ... Mark McGwire's first trip to post-season since 1992 will be spent on the bench. But his presence on bench as most dangerous pinch-hitter in baseball will alter late-inning strategy. ... Edmonds struggled for about a month and a half after McGwire was hurt, batting just .188 in August, but regained his stroke the final month. ... Defense very strong up the middle with Fernando Vina, Renteria and Edmonds.
PITCHING: Today -- Yankees RH Roger Clemens (13-8, 3.70) vs. A's RH Gil Heredia (15-11, 4.12 ERA), 8:08 p.m. at Oakland, Ch. 8; Wednesday -- Yankees LH Andy Pettitte (19-9, 4.35) vs. A's RH Kevin Appier (15-11, 4.42 ERA), 8:18 p.m. at Oakland, Ch. 13; Friday -- Yankees RH Orlando Hernandez (12-13, 4.51) vs. A's RH Tim Hudson (20-6, 4.14 ERA), time TBA at New York; Saturday -- Yankees TBA vs. A's LH Barry Zito (7-4, 2.72 ERA), time TBA at New York; Monday -- Yankees TBA vs. A's TBA, time TBA at Oakland.
SEASON SERIES: Yankees 6-3.
YANKEES: Series matches baseball's biggest spenders (Yankees, $112-million) and one the thriftiest (Oakland, about $32-million on opening day). ... New York's three losses were by David Cone (twice) and Ramiro Mendoza (once), neither of whom will start in the post-season. ... Two-time defending World Series champions enter post-season in disarray. Their seven-game losing streak is their longest since an eight-game skid in August 1995, and marks the first time they've concluded a season with more than five straight losses. ... With playoff-tested rotation of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Orlando Hernandez, Yankees could still be dangerous in playoffs. ... New York has lost 15 of 18 overall and nine straight on the road. The Yanks were outscored 68-15 in their last seven losses and 137-56 in the final 18 games. ... Yankees making team-record sixth straight playoff appearance.
ATHLETICS: Had baseball's best record in September, going 21-7 to take sole possession of the AL West just the final two days of the season. The A's had not been in first place in the division since June 28. ... The A's 2.88 ERA in September was also baseball's best. ... A's batters have hit 14 grand slams, a league record. ... The A's are among three teams that have three 15-game winners. ... Making first post-season appearance since 1992. ... Jason Giambi made a case for AL MVP with 13 homers in September. He leads the league with four grand slams, as well as a .476 on-base percentage.
PITCHERS: Today -- Mariners RH Freddy Garcia (9-5, 3.91) vs. White Sox LH Jim Parque (13-6, 4.28), 4:07 p.m. at Chicago, ESPN; Wednesday -- Mariners LH Jamie Moyer (13-10, 5.32) vs. White Sox LH Mike Sirotka (15-10, 3.79), 1:07 p.m. at Chicago, ESPN; Friday -- Mariners RH James Baldwin (14-5, 4.58) vs. White Sox RH Aaron Sele (17-10, 4.54), time TBA at Seattle; Saturday -- Mariners TBA vs. White Sox RH Cal Eldred (10-2, 4.58) time TBA at Seattle; Monday -- Mariners TBA vs. White Sox TBA, time TBA at Chicago.
SEASON SERIES: White Sox 7-5.
MARINERS: Despite trading Ken Griffey, won a franchise-best 91 games this season to get into the playoffs on the final day of the season. ... Led the AL West most of the season and were ahead of Oakland by seven games Aug. 11. But the A's caught them on the next-to-last day. ... Moyer lasted 12/3 innings in the shortest start for a Mariners starter this season Thursday against Texas and complained of shoulder problems afterward. Manager Lou Piniella is not sure of Moyer's status for the playoffs. Moyer, a 13-game winner, was on the DL from April 15 to June 1 with a strained muscle in the back of his left shoulder. But Moyer said he was optimistic he would be able to pitch in the post-season.
WHITE SOX: Chicago scored more runs (978) than any team in the majors (six per game) and was the best road team with a 49-32 record. ... Young players like Paul Konerko, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Lee continued to develop, and Frank Thomas put two subpar years behind him to set personal highs in homers and RBI. ... Had winning records against all but two AL teams. White Sox moved into first place on April 14 and never left and played some of their best baseball against the Yankees and Indians.
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