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Phillies- They lead their division by 6.5 games, and have six remaining series against sub-.500 teams. The other six are split evenly between the Giants, the Marlins, and the Braves.
Verdict- Looking pretty strong. I only foresee problems if there swept in one of the latter six series AND the team in question catches fire. They’re probably in.
Braves- They’re 6.5 back in the division, and 4 back in the Wild Card. However, in the last twelve series, they face the Phillies and Marlins twice each, the Cardinals once, and...that’s it. In fact, they have four match-ups with teams in last place in a division.
Verdict- They might pick up some ground with their schedule, but unless they can top the Phillies in a majority of their remaining games, they’ll probably won’t be playing in October. There is the possibility of the Wild Card, with their weak schedule, though.
Marlins-They’re tied with the Braves, and their schedule is about the same, difficulty-wise. In fact, they play almost the exact same schedule, with the only differences being they play each other, and the Marlins have one extra series against the Mets to the Braves one against the Astros. I can’t really pick one as being much more difficult.
Verdict-See the Braves.
Mets- I feel bad for the Mets. The number of injuries they’ve had to deal with this year is incredible. At the rate their going, any minute now, Johan Santana might spontaneously combust, of K-Rod will be abducted by aliens. Oh, and they’re 14.5 out.
Verdict- Maybe a demon or malevolent spirit is cursing them? Oh, and they won’t make the playoffs.
Verdict- See above.