Bet Jamaica Daily Sports Roundup: October 7

by Dirty on October 7, 2009

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: Major League Baseball begins its playoffs with three contests, while the Fever try to bring the WNBA postseason to a close.

Meeting up on the diamond . . .

The baseball playoffs get going in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, with the Phillies playing host to the Rockies in the first NLDS matchup. Ubaldo Jimenez (15-12, 3.47 ERA) is set to take on Cliff Lee (14-13, 3.22 ERA) in that contest. Righthander Jimenez ended his regular season in style, holding the Dodgers to one run on two hits over six innings. Lefthander Lee was tagged with the loss in each of his last two starts, allowing 11 runs in 11 2-3 innings of work.

The other Senior Circuit series has St. Louis at Los Angeles on Wednesday, with the Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter (17-4, 2.24 ERA) battling the Dodgers’ Randy Wolf (11-7, 3.23 ERA). Righthander Carpenter pitched five shutout innings against the Reds in his last trip to the mound, surrendering just three hits while fanning six batters. Lefthander Wolf took the loss against the Rockies last time out, giving up two runs on five hits in those five innings, and walking four hitters.

Meanwhile, just one ALDS gets underway on Wednesday, but it features the top-seeded (and 103-game-winning) Yankees. CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.37 ERA) gets the ball for the Yankees in their playoff opener, but he’s coming off a rare rough outing – nine runs (five earned) over 2 2-3 innings vs. the Rays last Friday night. New York’s opponent will be the Twins, who won the play-in game Tuesday. Brian Duensing (5-2, 3.64 ERA) is expected to take to the mound for Minnesota.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

There are just two NHL games on the schedule for Wednesday, with Montreal at Vancouver and Phoenix at Pittsburgh. The Penguins stayed undefeated on the season with a 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders on Saturday night. Sidney Crosby and Ruslan Fedotenko each had a goal and an assist in that contest. The cash-strapped Coyotes doubled up on Los Angeles 6-3 in their opener Saturday. Radim Vrbata had a pair of goals for Phoenix, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

Finally, the WNBA Finals resume on Wednesday night with Phoenix at Indiana. The Fever took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series on Sunday with an 86-85 home victory. Ebony Hoffman led the way with 18 points for Indiana in that win, while Tamika Catchings had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cappie Pondexter poured in a game-high 23 points in the loss for Phoenix. Oddsmakers have the Fever pegged as 2.5-point home favorites, with the matchup’s total at 179 points.

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