Hoooo boy. The National League is gettin’ exciting. I realize that, at last count, the last 26 Hit n Runs have been about the playoff races but these are really getting down to the wire. Let’s chase the sun and start with the NL East.
Atlanta Braves Hottie Chipper Jones (I’m sure somebody thinks he’s hot) is now a revered man in Philly and a hated man in New York. His throwing error let Philly put 3 runs on the board and the Nationals took care of business at Shea, led by Ryan Church’s home run and 4 RBIs. The Phillies are now 1 game out of first place.
Moving to the flyover states, the Florida Marlins got things done, downing the Cubs 7-4. The Brewers could not capitalize, however, losing 7-3 to my Redbirds. As was pointed out by Chris Russell, the only thing left to cheer for this season is for Cardinals Hottie Albert Pujols to keep up his unprecedented pace of going .300, 30 HRs, 100 Runs and 100 RBIs in each of his first 6 seasons. This year, he’s going for the 7th straight season and has HRs and BA covered. Last night, he got 1 RBI to clinch the 100 RBIs, but he got 3 runs to put him at 96 for the season. We have 4 more games for him to get 4 more runs scored. Here’s hoping, Albert.
Packin’ up our bags and heading out West, we have the most interesting race of all. The Arizona Dbacks dropped their fourth game in a row, while the Padres have won their last 2 and the Rockies have won their last 10. That’s right: TEN IN A ROW to get right back in the thick of things. The Padres are 1/2 a game out and the Rockies are 1.5 games out. In honor of the Rockies amazing comeback, here’s pitcher Rockies Hottie Josh Fogg, who pitched in the win the other night.
All this and the Padres, Phillies and Rockies are in a dog fight for the Wild Card. The 4-game series that starts tomorrow between the Padres and Brewers is HUGE. Hopefully Rookie of the Year hopeful Ryan Braun can pull it off for the Brew Crew because I would really enjoy for them to represent the NL Central, since St. Louis cannot.