For the longest time, most baseball fans assumed that the L.A. Dodgers would have a cake walk to the best record in the National League and have home field advantage until the World Series.
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the playoffs…
In case you haven’t noticed lately, both the Philadelphia Phillies (72-50) and St. Louis Cardinals (72-54) have been playing lights-out baseball and are now hot on the heels of the Dodgers (74-50) for the #1 Seed in the senior circuit.
The Phillies have won 11 of their last 13 games (since getting swept at home by Florida) after taking three of four from the N.Y. Mets. And they figure to continue their hot streak with three games in Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals are 13-3 in their last 16 games (23-12 since the All-Star Break) and should be able to keep it rolling with a nine-game home stand starting on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are one game under .500 since the ASB (18-19). But they could pad their record from a late September road trip to Washington, Pittsburgh and San Diego.
And when you look at the three teams, pitching is a key factor. The Dodgers are leaking oil, while the Phillies and Cardinals appear to be fairly solid.
Should be interesting.