You don’t get streamer races most these days. But if you’re a fan of chaos, afterwards a National League’s final week usually competence be for you.
The American League has no play (and some would disagree no essence interjection to a DH, though I’m no puritan. we can’t make a hats work). We know a playoff teams, we know their sequence aside from where a coin-flip diversion will be played. At this indicate it’s semantics.
But in a National League, we can’t get to a catering usually yet. Four teams and 3 spots open. And it competence take over this week to figure it out.
The Milwaukee Brewers have a tip wildcard mark by dual games. With 6 games to go, that would be tough to cough up. Even if they were to separate these final six, they would need both a Rockies and Cardinals to run a list to hit them out of a playoffs altogether. Pretty unlikely.
Except that a week kicks off with a Cardinals hosting a Brewers for 3 games, so they could get a Brewers median to a Heimlich if they so choose. The Rockies will be anticipating it goes a other way, softening adult a Cardinals to be chased down.
But a Rockies still have dual chairs open for them before a song stops. They’re a game-and-a-half behind a Dodgers for a NL West, and a same stretch behind a Cardinals for a second mark in a coin-flip, with a game-in-hand on both. That could be vital.
The Rockies have something of an advantage on a Cardinals, as they will get their subsequent 7 during home while a Cardinals are on a road. They’ll also be welcoming a Phillies and Nationals to Blake St., and both have zero to play for. The Cardinals have to conduct to Wrigley to top off a season. But that indicate a Cubs could be nursing hangovers after clinching both a NL Central and best record in a league.
Sadly for Rocky Top, a Dodgers get 3 games with a lost-in-the-woods Diamondbacks and afterwards finish in San Francisco opposite a Giants group that has transposed all a bats with pool noodles. While we can be certain a Giants will be entirely meddlesome in mucking things adult for a Dodgers whatever a standings, there competence be changed small they can do about it.
The Rockies are fundamentally looking during going 6-1 to unequivocally make anyone sweat. 5-2 would see St. Lous and/or a Dodgers have to go usually 4-2 to exist them, where 3-3 for possibly would see a play-in diversion for a given mark in a post-season. 6-1 for Colorado creates for most some-more engaging reading.
Making it some-more stupid is that a Brewers are carrying a “beginner” start tonight in St. Louis, i.e. reliever Dan Jennings who will go no some-more than an inning or so. The Brew Crew will afterwards run out a whole bullpen if it comes to that, and they’re creation sound like they competence do that in a wildcard diversion as well, given a state of their rotation. It’s layered, folks.
Of course, what anarchists like me wish is for all 4 teams to be tied when a song stops, or during slightest a Rockies, Dodgers, and Cardinals to be so. That would force dual play-in games, one for a right to get into another play-in game. SOME MEN JUST WANT TO WATCH THE WORLD BURN.
We’ve usually ever had one play-in-to-play-in given MLB went to dual wildcard teams. Maybe it’s time for more.