Thursday, July 1, 2010

NL Playoff Race

NL North
Chicago has an 8 game lead over Detroit. It is pretty much over but Detroit is the second wild card team at the moment and has a 10 game lead there.

NL East
Atlanta has a 4 game lead over New York and 5 over St. Louis. While the divisional games to close out the season may lead to a change, Atlanta is in a solid position here. Washington is also hanging around, only 7 games out.

NL South
This is an interesting division as Huntington and Tampa Bay are going back and forth. At the moment Tampa is in first by 2. Huntington does have a few interesting story lines however, Will they reverse their record from last season? It will be close. Secondly, Why was AI put in charge yesterday? Is Pbrow gone for the weekend or is this the end? My guess is he is taking a long weekend but it is an odd choice regardless. A long weekend should not kill the pitching staff, ai might. Whichever team misses here will be a wild card.

NL West
Its over already. Oakland has a 10 game lead.

So the only real race left is the NL East. Historically there is precedent for some wild endings here so it is tough to say with any certainty that a 4 game lead is enough at this point. Realistically, any of these 4 teams are a hot streak away from winning the division. The key may be expanded rosters. So who will be called up for the pennant run?

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