For those of you utilizing MLB.tv or MLB Extra Innings, here are some series you might want to mark your calender for:
Monday, 9/6 - Thursday, 9/9: Cincinnati Reds @ Colorado Rockies
This four-game series began yesterday with a win for the Rockies, led by Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez. That win was Colorado's fourth in a row and brought them within 4.5 games of the Padres and 5 of the Wild Card leading Phillies. It doesn't take a tremendous memory to recall the Rockies tendency towards September momentum. Meanwhile, the central-leading Reds need to fight off complacency and assure they don't allow the Cardinals to climb back into the race.
Thursday, 9/9 - Sunday, 9/12: San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres
The Padres finally put an end to their prolonged losing streak on Monday against the Dodgers, but now hold only a game advantage over the Giants, who have won five of their last six. Regardless of what transpires on Tuesday and Wednesday, the division lead will be on the line when these two teams face off at PETCO this weekend. With the Padres young rotation starting to show its fatigue, it's difficult to argue that they have the advantage in any of the pitching matchups. The climactic battle is undoubtedly the highlight, as Tim Lincecum faces Mat Latos on Sunday afternoon.
Monday, 9/13 - Wednesday, 9/15: San Diego Padres @ Colorado Rockies
Things don't get any easier for the Friars, as they begin a ten-game road trip by heading to Denver. At 44-22, the Rockies boast the second-best home record in the NL (behind Atlanta). To make matters worse (for San Diego, that is), the Rockies have won eleven of the first fifteen games in their season series, including a sweep in San Diego to begin the month, so they don't exactly head to the high altitude brimming with confidence. It's not hard to imagine them leaving Colorado in third place.
Monday, 9/13 - Wednesday, 9/15: New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Both teams seem safely on course for postseason berths, but with seven games left against each other, the division, and home-field advantage, are still on the line. The series kicks off with stellar pitching battle between two Cy Young contenders, C. C. Sabathia and David Price.
Tuesday, 9/14 - Thursday, 9/16: Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox
Assuming the Sox can maintain their winning ways, having strung together seven in a row going into tonight, this could be a battle for the last remaining AL playoff spot. The Twins are saddled with injuries, but have still managed to win at an impressive clip, recently sweeping the Rangers. They've dominated the season series up to this point, taking ten of fifteen, but far more will be riding on this series than any that came before it.