Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
Will Chipper Go Out On Top?
There are four teams battling for two spots in the National League Wild Card race.
Unlike in the American League, these four teams don’t have a lot of hope to catch the division leaders, meaning that they’ll be focused entirely on catching each other.
The Braves, Cardinals, Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates will head down to the end, although the Braves and Cards currently have tickets to the dance.
Good news for Pittsburgh: They have 20 games left against the Brewers, Astros, Cubs and Mets. Bad news for Pittsburgh: They have been horrible during the last few weeks, dropping 10 of their last 13.
The Dodgers have it rough, as we detailed earlier. Unless they find a way to catch lightening in a bottle they’ll have to start figuring out how to add more payroll over the summer!
The Braves have a fairly easy road ahead of them, with just three games against a team with a winning record (the Nationals). With their experience and schedule, things look good for the Tomahawk Choppers.
The Cardinals have to face the Dodgers between now and the last weekend of the year, but a big three-game season-ender at home against the Nationals will figure to be interesting.
It’s hard to count out the defending champions. Experience always plays a big role in these battles.
When the dust settles, the Atlanta Braves and the surprise Pittsburgh Pirates will find their way into the one-game playoff in Atlanta for the Wild Card!