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This week, the division races in both the National League West and American League East got a bit tighter, and each game has become more important to all of the teams in contention for the post season. While the Minnesota Twins grabbed the first playoff birth of the 2010 MLB Playoffs, the Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies continue to separate themselves from their division rivals and will likely start clinching post-season spots this weekend.
Jayson Werth stepped up big for the Phillies in the last week. Werth went 9-for-21 with four home runs. What’s more impressive is that Werth blasted a two-run, game-winning home run on Sunday, drove in three of the Phillies’ five runs on Tuesday, and scored the game-winning run in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Werth’s .429 batting average this week raised his average to .293 on the season, which is impressive for a guy with career average of .271. Werth’s performance at the plate this week also included nine runs batted in, nine runs scored and five walks. Probably most importantly is the timing of Werth’s hot streak, as it helped the Phillies sweep the Braves and further their lead in the National League East.
On the mound this week there were a few players with some impressive performances, however, Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer really was a notch above the rest. Considering that Scherzer threw not one, but two, two-hit games this week, he really turned around the results from his previous outings. Last week’s start Max struck out 11 batters over eight innings against the White Sox, and then followed it up Wednesday with 7 2/3 innings against Kansas City. In his start against the Royals, Scherzer added another eight strikeouts against only two walks and didn’t allow any runs. Even though Detroit is out of contention this season, Scherzer is obviously making the most of his opportunities as the season comes to a close.
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