Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Phillies and Giants positioned to move on to the next round

The Phillies are peaking at the right time and have taken over the lead in the NL East for the first time since late May by winning 7 out of 10 coupled with a stretch of 5-5 by the Braves who appear to be running out of steam down the stretch. The true test will come late in the month as the two will get together for a three-game set starting on September 20, which Philly has the advantage of hosting. Other than that the schedule is quite advantageous for the Phils who only have to deal with teams under .500 the rest of the way home. On the flipside the Braves couldn’t seem to take advantage of their schedule dropping two straight to the Pirates who seem to playing their AAA club (perhaps they should stick with them) but they still have enough to take the first two from Atlanta with a third to come. After that it’s a three game set with the Cards who despite being all but eliminated from contention are not who you want to see on the schedule when you’re trying to make up ground in September. In the NL West the Padres look like a team that is limping to the finish line on one leg with cast and a piano on their back. Taking the first two from LA in an inter-state rivalry game was a surprise but the moment of truth comes this week as the GMen come to town for a three-game set that could and should, decide the division. Lots of baseball, and changes are sure to come, and it’s only fitting for such a crazy season. You do you think will be able to hang on and win the WC and the divisions?

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