LOOK­ING AHEAD

Albuquerque Journal - - BASEBALL -

A look at what’s hap­pen­ing around the ma­jors on Thurs­day:

PADRES PREDICA­MENT: Fresh off clinch­ing their first play­off berth in 14 sea­sons, San Diego is hop­ing for good news con­cern­ing Mike Clevinger. He was sud­denly pulled af­ter only one in­ning of his start Wed­nes­day and sent for an MRI on his right bi­ceps. The Padres got him in a big trade with Cleveland on Aug. 31 and he had been the pre­sumed Game 1 starter in the wild­card round next Wed­nes­day. If Clevinger can’t go, that role could go to Dinel­son Lamet.

Clevinger’s start had been pushed back from Satur­day night be­cause of tight­ness in his right bi­ceps. He had thrown a bullpen ses­sion this week and seemed fine to go, but his bi­ceps tight­ened up af­ter he threw a curve­ball to the sec­ond bat­ter of the game against the An­gels.

A NEW ERA: No Brew­ers pitcher has won an ERA ti­tle — Corbin Burnes could be­come the first. The 25-year-old righty starts at St. Louis with a 1.77 ERA, barely be­hind Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer (1.73).

Mil­wau­kee and the Car­di­nals are both com­pet­ing for an NL play­off spot.

LEADER ME­TER: In a matchup of teams al­ready in the play­offs and try­ing to win the AL Cen­tral crown, Dal­las Keuchel (6-2, 2.03 ERA) and the White Sox visit Zach Ple­sac (4-2, 1.85) and the In­di­ans at Pro­gres­sive Field.

Both pitch­ers are vy­ing for the AL ERA ti­tle. Cleveland’s Shane Bieber leads at 1.74.

The game also pairs two play­ers at the top of the AL MVP race: Chicago slug­ger José Abreu and In­di­ans third base­man José Ramírez.

FEEL­ING BUFF: Hyun Jin Ryu tries to pitch Toronto closer to a play­off spot when he starts against the Yan­kees in Buf­falo. Ryu (4-2, 3.00) has per­mit­ted more than two earned runs in just one of his past nine starts.

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