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MLB: Wildcard Wednesday

The playoffs are just a few days away and after 161 games there are still two playoff spots open.  For baseball fans, Wednesday night is going to be fun.  It will be a historic day in baseball. In the National League the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals are fighting for a wild-card spot and both have identical records (89-72).  On September 2nd, noone could have predicted this scenario, the Braves had an eight and a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.  It appeared the Braves were running away with the wild-card spot.Believe it or not, it’s almost the exact same story in the American League.  The Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays are tied with records of 90-71.  On September 2nd, Boston had a nine game lead over Tampa Bay.  Just like the Braves, it appeared the Red Sox were running away with the wild-card spot.That’s why they play the games…

Here are Wednesday’s match ups:

NL:
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves:  7:10 PM ET
Blanton (1-2, 5.03) vs. Hudson (16-10, 3.23)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros:  8:05 PM ET
Carpenter (10-9, 3.59) vs. Myers (7-13, 4.31)

AL:
Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles:  7:05 PM ET
Lester (15-9, 3.49) vs. Simon (4-9, 4.85)
New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays:  7:10 PM ET
TBD vs. Price (12-13, 3.35)

If either race ends in a tie, there will be a one-game playoff on Thursday.  In the National League, St. Louis would host Atlanta and Tampa Bay would host Boston in the American League.

We always like a positive story at “The Good In Sports” and this is not only positive, but exciting at the same time.  There is not much that can beat a good playoff race.  Best of luck to the teams and enjoy game 162.

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I used to manage these Pirates, this org is a joke.

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