Last September, we witnessed an ailing Ryan Braun lift the Brewers on his sore back with a couple of huge home runs down the stretch. The Brew Crew are all but out of the playoff picture in 2009, but there are a bunch of other teams with JMLs on their rosters who are in the thick of the playoff hunt.
In fact, the 3 teams vying for the AL Wild Card are the Red Sox (Kevin Youkilis), the Rangers (Ian Kinsler and Scott Feldman), and the Rays (Gabe Kapler).
The Rockies (Jason Marquis) are currently on top of the NL Wild Card standings. The Giants (Ryan Sadowski was on their roster for awhile) are right on their heels. The Cubs (Sam Fuld and John Grabow) have faded fast, but mathematically they're not out of it yet. And then, of course, you have the Dodgers (Brad Ausmus), who will likely finish 1st in the NL West.
Interesting to note that Marquis has made it to the postseason each and every year of his career up to this point.
In the 1st game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Kinsler was 2-4 with 1 HR (his 29th), 1 RBI, and 1 run scored. In the 2nd game of the doubleheader, Kinsler was 2-3 with 1 BB.
Youkilis was 2-4 with 1 HR (his 23rd), 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored against the Rays.
Braun was 1-3 with 1 BB against the Cardinals.
Fuld was 0-1 against the Astros.
Grabow picked up his 20th hold of the season. He pitched 2/3 of an inning against the Astros. That's 13 scoreless innings with the Cubs, if you're keeping track. What an upgrade over Neal Cotts! Grabow's WHIP is 1.38. His ERA is 2.69.