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Second wild card update – Tuesday, 10/2

While the St. Louis Cardinals clearly would prefer not to make a West Coast trip to break a possible tie for the second National League wild card berth, that is the worst possible outcome remaining.

On Monday night, both St. Louis and Los Angeles won, reducing the Cardinals’ magic number for clinching the wild card to one.

The Dodgers’ hopes are hanging by the narrowest of threads. They can no longer win the spot outright. Further, they would need to win and the Cardinals to lose on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights to force the Thursday night tie-breaker.

Washington finally clinched the NL East title on Monday night, which locks down Atlanta as the site of Friday night’s wild card game.

Final 2 games Record Record Outcome
Cardinals 2-0 or 1-1 Dodgers any Cards take wild card
Cardinals 0-2 Dodgers 2-0 Wild card tie
Dodgers 1-1 or 0-2 Cards take wild card

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5 Responses to “Second wild card update – Tuesday, 10/2”

  1. Kansasbirdman says:

    Any word on starting pitching schedule re: Thursday (let’s hope no game) and Friday?

    Waino may be a determining factor in the win on Friday.
    (Notice how I phrased the potential outcome of a potential Friday night game against Atlanta, I said “the” win instead of “a” win). The media can have at me.
    I am going to repost my response on Brian’s Wainwright article because I was late to the party and just got a chance to read it this morning and everyone has moved on:

    “Never underestimate the propensity/ability/audacity of the media to take a quote and spin it in a context to drive controversy. Just look at the elections this year.

    When a 140 character twitter quote can be redacted to mean something different we have hit rock bottom.

    Also, I’ve never understood why a professional ballplayer needs any extra motivation such as a “bulletin board” slight to make them want to play harder. That is their job. I don’t need any extra motivation to work hard at my job.”

    • blingboy says:

      In the case of the Waino thing, I think it was obviously made into something it wasn’t and I doubt anyone is paying it any attention.

      In general, I enjoy all that around playoff time. Everybody is too nice now-a-days. I’m more of a ‘Mets are pond scum’ type.

      I’d like to see one of our guys hit a salami to put the game away and give the Braves dugout a couple tomahawk chops on the way around the bases. Then on to the next victim.

  2. blingboy says:

    As to tonight, it would be awesome and good juju if Carp clinches it with his first win of the season.

    After a one game regression to norm, we need Pete to step out of a phone booth with an S on his chest and give the Walts a thrashing they won’t forget.

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Rock and a hard place for the Nat’s….. They don’t want that number one seed…… They have their Cy Young Candidate up tonight….. If they win, Reds go to SF…… If we clinch, Reds get a cookie on Wednesday to beat up…… Tie breaker favors the Nats………

      Medlin is a little green. …. He can be had. ….. Question is, should we start KL with/or AW with Lohse spotting….in Atlanta, with Jamie at the ready…… You can’t wait to reload down there. …… We have lots of pitching. …..Better have a plan to use it. ….. We have to survive the first 3 innings. ….. Even if it takes a full clip. …….. Freese does not match up right now against anyone. Reds and Braves both have speed……. They will be pressing the point………… M. Carpenter should be starting.

      • blingboy says:

        Freese will start and Mike will stay with a struggling starter. That’s what he does.

        We can only hope Tennyson didn’t write the script.

        But first things first. Lets chum the water with the Walts.

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