Wednesday, September 29, 2010

3 NL Teams Fighting for Final 2 Playoff Slots!

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-Digger's Daily-

Atlanta Braves (89-69), San Francisco (89-68) or San Diego (87-70). Which two teams will advance into post-season action?

San Francisco and San Diego are in a heated battle for the NL West crown. Both teams have 5 regular season games remaining. The Giants are closing out at home. They're currently hosting last place Arizona while San Diego hosts Chicago for two more. Then, in true dramatic style, the Padres head to AT&T Park to take on the Giants for the season's final 3 games.

Atlanta has snapped out of their late season funk. Their only shot for the playoffs is via Wild Card. Key players are banged up. Chipper Jones is done for the year. Troy Glaus hasn't started after returning from injury. Star second sacker Martin Prado was just sidelined for the year. Reliever Takashi Saito hasn't pitched since September 17th. They've won back to back nail-biter's vs Florida. Atlanta will play them once again Wednesday before taking a day off to regroup for a final weekend series vs division leading Philadelphia. Atlanta's destiny is in their own hands. Bobby Cox's team leads the Padres by 1.5 games including one in the all important loss column. Wild Card baseball is Atlanta's to win or lose.

I've never been a true Braves fan. As a matter of fact, I don't remember rooting for them at all before this season. 2010 represents the final season in the fine career of manager Bobby Cox. For this reason only, I'm pulling for his club to advance. Division leading Philadelphia won't make it easy for their foes this weekend.

Plenty of score board watching will be taking place over the next few days. Starting rotations will shift daily depending on game results from the day before. No team wants their season decided on the final day. But, if that's what it takes....?

Will we be treated to a three-way tie after game 162? In baseball's storied history, there's never been a three way tie for a final playoff slot. Just when we think we've seen it all.... perhaps another baseball first is in the works? Don't count on it. But, you never know.

Just in case you're now wondering... here's what happens in case there is a three way tie? (click here)
2010 has been a great baseball season. Hang on tight, it's about get even better!


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