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Playoff Race: Braves win, get help in wild card

Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:34 am
 
By Matt Snyder

Friday night did a lot in sorting out what the National League playoffs will look like. Both the Brewers and the Diamondbacks clinched their respective divisions, for one thing. For another, both the Cardinals and Giants lost while the Braves won. We can write off the Giants now, as they trail by five with five games to go -- and have a team between them and the Giants. They haven't been mathematically eliminated, but let's be real: It ain't happening. The NL wild-card race is a two-teamer now. And probably soon to be one.

Let's break it down:

Atlanta Braves
89-68
Remaining schedule: 2 @ WAS, 3 v. PHI
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 92.8 percent

St. Louis Cardinals
86-70, 3 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 v. CHC, 3 @ HOU
Coolstandings.com expectancy of wild card: 6.8 percent

Let's lay this out in the most understandable way possible: If the Cardinals win their remaining five games and the Braves only go 2-3, a one-game playoff would be forced. The Braves' magic number is three, meaning a combination of Braves wins and Cardinals losses equaling three clinches the wild card for Atlanta. It's still possible for the Cardinals to get in, but it's a pretty big mountain to climb.

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Playoff Race: Braves win, get help in wild card

Having been a Braves fan since the early '80s, I won't feel comfortable until the Braves completely collapse. Pulling this Wild Card spot out of the fire is just false hope that they have a postseason run in them, and I've been burned by that kind of thinking too many times.


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