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There's plenty left to decide in the National League

Oct 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

And you thought this weekend would be boring.

The Padres are still alive in the National League West. They slugged three homers against Matt Cain en route to a 6-4 victory over the Giants last night. The Friars now sit two games back in the National League West with two left to play.

And don’t forget the Wild Card, either. Because the Phillies crushed the Braves 11-5 last night, the Padres are just one game back there.

Take a look at the upcoming pitching matchups:

Saturday:

Padres vs. Giants

Tim Stauffer (5-5, 1.89 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (9-13, 4.08 ERA)

Phillies vs. Braves

Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.41 ERA)

Sunday:

Padres vs. Giants

Mat Latos (14-9, 2.92 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (12-9, 3.15 ERA)

Phillies vs. Braves

Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.09 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (16-9, 2.76 ERA)

OK, now here are the potential tiebreaker scenarios, courtesy of Dan Manella of MLB.com:

If the Padres take two out of three from the Giants and the Braves are swept by the Phillies:

The Giants would win the National League West and the Padres and Braves would play a one-game playoff Monday at Turner Field.

If the Padres sweep the Giants and the Braves are swept by the Phillies:

The
Padres would be awarded the National League West since they hold the
head-to-head advantage over the Giants this season. The Giants,
meanwhile, would win the Wild Card.

If the Padres sweep the Giants and the Braves lose two out of three to the Phillies:

Here’s
the fun one. All three teams would finish with identical 91-71 records,
forcing two tiebreaker games. The Giants and Padres would play a
one-game playoff Monday at PETCO Park to determine the winner of the
National League West. The loser of the game would then play the Braves
on Tuesday to decide the Wild Card winner.

Yeah, yeah. If the
Padres lose just one of their remaining two games and the Braves win
one, everything will be decided, but really, what fun is that? Since my
Mets are out of it, I’m rooting for chaos, baby.

  1. bbeer - Oct 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    I’ll cheers to chaos every day of the week

  2. Buccofan - Oct 2, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    If you’re a Mets fan, you already have chaos 24/7/365. However, I understand your wanting to share the joy with everyone.

  3. David - Oct 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Why does the head-to-head record count in a two-way tie, but not in a three-way? If all three teams have the same record, shouldn’t the Pads get the NL West based on the H2H thing over the giants, and leave one playoff game for the Giants and Braves? (I’m not trying to correct you, I really don’t know the answer ;-)

  4. Old Gator - Oct 2, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    If they’re your Mutts, for crying out loud do something about them.

  5. MerkleBoner - Oct 2, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Phil Cuzzi still looms in the back of my mind.

  6. Professor Longnose - Oct 2, 2010 at 7:34 PM

    The policy is that they only play playoff games if it determines which teams make the playoffs. If the two teams will go to the playoffs, but who wins the title determines who gets home field advantage, they won’t play any games; they’ll use the tiebreaker.

  7. Route36West - Oct 2, 2010 at 9:15 PM

    I guess now Phillies fans should be complaining that Vance Worley is starting like Craig did when Beachy was? O wait he won 7-0 with the Philles B squad.

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