Yet here I sit, with August winding down, and not only are all three of these teams still in first place... they would get Home Field Advantage in the Division Series.
I've been the least respectful of the Atlanta Braves, who have barely received a mention on this blog.
I've not been shy is saying I am not a Braves fan and I guess I've been rooting for the Phillies (as I know many Phillies fans) or the Marlins (they fascinate me as a franchise.)
But wow, the Braves have put together a solid, deep and effective if not spectacular team that can pitch and hit better than most. (And Omar Infante's All Star selection is looking less and less silly.)
I've never been a Bobby Cox fan... but what a f--- you it would be to his critics if he won a World Series without Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz or Chipper Jones for that matter?
I suppose I gave San Diego some credit the other day when I said they would probably be the National League pennant winner.
But that was done more for tongue in cheek purposes to mock the potentially nightmarish World Series TV ratings match up of Tampa Bay and San Diego.
But as of now, the World Series goes through San Diego. They have the best record in the National League, would have home field advantage in the World Series and their pitching staff is outrageously deep. Win every game in pitcher friendly PetCo Park and the Padres will be crowned World Series champs.