With the season winding down, the playoff picture in the American League seems pretty clear. Unless the Twins and Rangers simply collapse and give the White Sox and A’s some life, then we can be pretty sure that the Yankees, Rays, Rangers and Twins will be playing in October.
But there is a chance that the National League could be right down to the wire.
I want there to be total anarchy by the end… nobody sure who is in and who is out.
Now with the Red Sox out of it, I am rooting for the Giants to win it all. But the rest of the National League could be in chaos if the following scenarios take place.
The GIANTS go on a mad 15-5 dash to capture the NL West title and finish the season 95-67.
The PADRES right their ship and go 15-7 to and finish the season 94-68.
The ROCKIES continue their late surge with a 17-4 streak and also finish the season 94-68.
The PHILLIES go 11-9 the rest of the way and finish the season 93-69.
The BRAVES pick up the pace and go 12-8 over the last few weeks and end with a 93-69 mark.
The REDS stumble to an 7-14 record the rest of the way and finish 87-75.
The CARDINALS, led by Pujols, Wainwright and Carpenter, go 14-9 and also finish 87-75.
So what would be the end result?
The Giants would be the Western Division Champs and have Home Field Advantage in every round of the playoffs, including the World Series.
My dad will be thrilled to see that the Championship will have to come through McCovey Cove.
And the rest of the National League playoffs would be up for grabs forcing three… count em… THREE win or go home one game playoffs on the same day!
The Padres and Rockies would play a one game playoff for the Wild Card (2007 rematch anyone?)
The Braves and the Phillies would play for the NL East title. (The two time NL Champs vs. Bobby Cox’s last stand.)
And the Reds and Cardinals, two of the classic franchises in baseball, will square off for the NL Central crown. (And no doubt some bad blood between LaRussa and Baker.)
And if these games would be as exciting as the one game playoffs played each of the last three seasons, they will be three heart stopping down to the last pitch thrillers.
We’ve never had more than one to end a season. (If the Mets won one more game we would have had two in 2007!)
Tell me that wouldn’t be the most exciting baseball day you could imagine.
So… just have those 7 scenarios take place.
I’ve always wanted a season to end with anarchy… maybe I’ll get my wish this year.
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