The American League continues its boring procession to the playoffs but never fear, the National League is here.
Loser goes home The Padres travel to St. Louis this weekend in a series with San Diego clinging to fading playoff hopes. The Cardinals are a massive 7 games out in both the NL Central and the Wildcard race so essentially they are done. St. Louis is heavily relying on the teams around them slipping up and that isn’t happening. San Diego is in better health, just a half game back in both the NL West and Wildcard race but that gap doesn’t tell the whole story.
These Padres are in freefall. Where once they led the NL West and looked capable of having the best record in the National League entering the playoffs, they now trail a surging San Francisco and have a charging Colorado biting at their heels. With just a couple of weeks left in the season, the Padres can’t afford to be the team losing momentum. This series started poorly for San Diego, going down 4-0 to St. Louis last night. I see it getting worse, fast. Chris Young has been injured most of the year but will start on Saturday while Mat Latos is starting to wilt as the season reaches its climax. Jon Garland could pick up a win for the Padres on Sunday but on the whole this series won’t end well. Look for St. Louis to win three out of four.
Giants can seize control San Francisco now leads the NL West and the Giants can take a big step towards the playoffs with a strong showing this weekend. San Francisco hosts the Brewers in a three game series and I like the Giants to pick up at least two wins. Colorado will look to reduce the Giants 2.5 game lead this weekend but the Rockies have their work cut out for them. The Dodgers may be in freefall but I like Los Angeles to pick up at least one win in this home stand.
Phillies can beat up Nats Philadelphia holds a three game lead at the top of the NL East and that promises to grow when the Phillies host Washington this weekend. With Roy Oswalt, Kyle Kendrick, and Joe Blanton all starting it’s hard to see anything but a sweep this weekend. That means Atlanta will be under pressure to deliver against the Mets. The Braves lead the Wildcard race and should be able to stay ahead with two wins this weekend.