153 games down and 9 to go with the Cardinals owning a 2 1/2 game lead over the Brewers for the 2nd wild card spot in the National League. Ironically, that’s exactly the same advantage that the Braves held last year over the Cardinals with 9 games to play. That didn’t work out so well [...]
Calculating the “magic number” for playoff contenders was so very simple just a few decades ago. Do the math for 2 divisions in the NL, do it for the 2 divisions in the AL, and “voila!” you were done. Then Bud Selig came along and ruined the whole thing. Okay, Emperor Bud does not deserve [...]
Best Fans in Baseball: AL Central and AL East Brackets Word. It’s a “Double Hump Day” poll. You know what that means? Yeah. Double the hump day fun. Vote to see who joins the Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Rangers in the finals.
Who will move on from the AL West division to face the National League representatives in the final round. The Braves are the fan base beast of the NL East, the Giants took the NL West, and the NL Central gets 2 reps – the Cardinals and Cubs. Why? Because a blog about the Cardinals [...]
If you look at what the Philadelphia Phillies have done in the past 5 seasons, you might be tempted to think that they are a lock for a playoff spot. Starting in 2007, the Phillies won 89, 92, 93, 97, and 102 games. This year’s team is not any of those teams by any stretch [...]
“What are you doing here?” Tony La Russa to Lance Lynn, Game 5 It’s been a punch line since Monday night, but viewed in a different light, that line – that question – is really a microcosm of how the Cardinals’ 2011 season has turned out, no? They weren’t supposed to be here. Ten-and-a-half games [...]
Give me just one good reason to not pick the Phillies, and I wouldn’t pick the Phillies here. The Braves could push the Phillies, but the Phillies still have a margin for error that no other team in the division has. They also have nearly twice the payroll that the Braves have, so we’re not [...]