The Cardinals' Wild Card Path Is Clear And Other MLBullets

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and relief pitcher Jason Motte celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

This is shaping up to be another crazy finish in the playoff races ...

  • And, to that end, it's worth rounding up where things stand in the various races over the next few sets of MLBullets. Up first? The NL Wild Card race, which, until recently, didn't seem like much of a race. The Braves had (and still have) all but locked up the first slot, and the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates would be fighting it out over the last few weeks, with the Cardinals largely in control. But a slump by the Cardinals (as well as the Dodgers and Pirates, frankly) has opened the door for a couple surprising entrants, which we discussed last time: the Phillies and Brewers. Now even the Diamondbacks have climbed to within 4.5 of the second Wild Card. At present, the Cardinals still hold the spot by 2 games over the Dodgers, by 3 games over the Pirates, by 3.5 games over the Brewers, by 4 games over the Phillies, and then by 4.5 games over the Diamondbacks. FanGraphs took a look at these teams' strength of schedule the rest of the way, things look good for the Cardinals, whose remaining opponent winning percentage is just .464. The Pirates' is .467, the Diamondbacks' is .468, the Phillies' is .493, the Brewers' is .504, and the Dodgers' is a hefty .532.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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