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FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal previews all this weekend's MLB on FOX action.
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I don't think channel welcomed the MLB on fox premium presented by Chevrolet building the next generation of baseball memories. I'm pleased to be done by fox sports that I'm senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal who will be in Cincinnati for the Dodgers and -- And the reds are in the post season with a huge cushion in the central division. There's so much about Washington being the and -- favorite but not right. Right healthy and you look at the -- this is a better team than it was 2010 the last time the reds won the NL central. It's better because the rotation is better for -- and also because the bullpen is better. Now one concern obviously -- quite know how big is good. The me but on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs he again showed good signs. He still throwing hard there's just concerned that there's a little fatigue there. Maybe if they claims they could perhaps give him an extra day of rest somewhere but. They're plan when I understand is to keep it going they want competent if you putted outings shorter but they want to get back in the good group. But overall this group is not bad not great but not bad -- -- those certainly hard throwing guy got capable of dominating game. Bronson Arroyo constantly post season experience and all of belly. Has really come out of late. He's the guy that yes you can trust in the post season series that's sick if on the red. Want the best record in the National League something that there's contention with with an. Nationals right now. Because I'd rather avoid the San Francisco Giants and you have great rotation in the first round and play the wild card winner whether it's Atlanta Saint Louis or conceivably someone else. Moving out of the Braves and Phillies and Atlanta pitcher Chris -- has been as good as at any pitcher in baseball lately. Can carry the Braves through the playoffs. -- not a lot of people are aware of Chris -- but let me give you one statistic that tells you how good years. Ten starts this season join the rotation like 31 his record. 80 with a zero point 76 ERA he is dominated and when you ask opposing hitters about it they are absolutely baffled. -- think this guy is really good I think in manager of the Marlins the latest offer great race from met. So he is the proverbial hot starter and it is the kind of guy that should the Braves get into the post season -- qualified for the division series. Perhaps you could I have a little bit. Interesting contrast between men and Stephen Strasburg. They had Tommy John surgery at approximately the same time. 10 August September in that range but the Braves took it a little bit of a different approach with -- in this season. He started the ball in the bullpen preserving his innings so that he could start later in the season. They're playing as well as the nationals plan was to limit commitment to a 6200 innings. And finally the twins faced the Tigers Detroit is scrambling to make the post season. Pretty simple question here can catch the first place White Sox they can. But it's not going to be easy Chelsea and especially not going to be easy if his shoulder problem that Max Scherzer have Wednesday night becomes something more than simple the key. Cause him to miss -- start cause him to -- critical games down the stretch. What I love about -- is the 12 punch of Verlander ensures there. Also the offense with Cabrera with Prince Fielder and all that it's not a deep office but it's still very good up and act on. What I don't love about the Tigers what no one likes about the Tigers is their defense. This is a team that is 27. In the major leagues in defensive efficiency. And that's that is pretty simple. It measures the percentage of balls in play that are converted into outs. Well if you don't have a good defense you're not gonna convert me ball in play out and the Tigers are not convert any balls and played out. It's been down all season. It likely will be -- out all the rest of the way because when you're pressured gains little mistakes can -- you just happen to the Tigers several times in September. And -- the White Sox pitching well they don't necessarily anticipate. The Tigers are facing a serious uphill fight. I can think though it for joining us that's going to be good for the MLB on fox preview presented by Chevrolet. Building the next generation of baseball memories for Ken Rosenthal I'm Chelsea can all banks from watching.