Sunday, September 27, 2009

N.L. Wild Card Race - Status Report

The Florida Marlins rebounded last night at home against the Mets after a devastating late-game collapse on Friday. The Fish batted their way into victory behind a collective effort from players like Hanley Ramirez, Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin and company. The relief pitching was a bit unstable at the end, but found a way to secure a crucial win.

With that said, the Colorado Rockies lost last night to the St. Louis Cardinals, clinching a playoff berth for the Cards. The Braves came out victorious and closed the gap in the N.L. Wild Card by 2.5 games, while the Marlins are 4.0 games behind.

Here are the upcoming games for the Rockies, Braves and Marlins:

Rockies
  • vs Cardinals
  • vs Brewers
  • vs Brewers
  • vs Brewers
  • @ Dodgers
  • @ Dodgers
  • @ Dodgers
Braves
  • @Nationals
  • vs Marlins
  • vs Marlins
  • vs Marlins
  • vs Nationals
  • vs Nationals
  • vs Nationals
  • vs Nationals
Marlins
  • vs Mets
  • @ Braves
  • @ Braves
  • @ Braves
  • @ Philadelphia
  • @ Philadelphia
  • @ Philadelphia
Based on record and home-field advantage, the Marlins seem to have the most difficult schedule in comparison to their two Wild Card rivals. The Braves face a struggling Nationals team 7 out of their last 10 games, which makes their schedule the easiest of the bunch. As for the Rockies, they won't be smooth sailing until they can win series against a difficult Brewers and Dodgers team.

This gives Atlanta the best chance to come back and take the Wild Card lead, at least on paper. With the way that the Rockies have played in the second half and the Marlins resillience in the latter months, who knows what the outcome will be.

The Fish have their work cut out for them, but miracles have happened in the past for young Florida teams. The question is: will destiny be on Florida's side this time around.

1 comment:

sideeffect42 said...

Well the Marlins can do it, but we need to see a strong Nationals and Brewers teams.

Unfortunately it looks like they're giving up a bit now that there's a few games left, but maybe they can turn it around and win or at least upset a team like they have done to the Mets in the past years.

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