Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Do These Teams Even Know The Wild Card Is An Option?

You've probably heard people openly wonder if anyone wants to win the NL Wild Card, but I'm starting to wonder if they even know winning it will get them into the playoffs. These teams are playing like they are already out of the race, and the National League is just one giant choke job right now. Leading that pack, of course, are the Milwaukee Brewers.

Not even a managerial switch could turn the Brewers' ship around, although Sveum is right when he says the team showed signs of life. Althought by team, I hope he's referring to Prince Fielder's bat, and nothing else. The big man hit two home runs in Tuesday night's loss to the Cubs, but struck out looking to end the game on a called strike three. The Brewers lost again, this time by a score of 5-4 to the Cubs.

With the loss last night, the Phillies win, and the Mets loss, the Brewers are now 1/2 games behind the Mets for the Wild Card. Or as Yahoo!'s Tim Brown refers to it, the "Mild Card Race". He's right too, as the Brewers have now lost five straight games. Other contenders such as the Mets and the Astros have lost three straight. And if anyone is still counting the Cardinals, well, they've lost six straight.

On the other hand, the NL West leading Dodgers have been playing quite well, and the Cubs and Phillies have each put together a nice string of wins themselves. So whoever wins the Wild Card, likely by default, will probably exit in the NLDS anyway, at this point.

Personally, I don't know what's going to happen. All it's going to take is a four game win streak by any of this teams and this thing is over. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that's something Milwaukee is capable of doing anymore.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Prince Fielder


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