Originally written July 07, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
The last couple of weeks have actually done a good job at separating the contenders from the pretenders in the National League. The American League picture is still a little muddy thanks to the Rays getting hot and both of the Wild Card spots going to teams in the AL West, but in the NL, I think we have a pretty solid idea of which teams will be looking for a playoff spot in the second half. The Braves, Dodgers, Brewers, Giants, and Nationals have been in the race all year, while the Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds have floundered around .500 before getting their acts together lately. Aside from those eight teams, the only NL club that *might* consider themselves a contender is the Marlins, who are two games under .500. Everyone else? Go ahead and blow it all up. You’re not going anywhere. Game of the Day: Reds 4, Brewers 2. This was a big win for Cincinnati on the day they learned that Joey Votto would likely be heading back to the DL. The Reds put two runs on the board quickly in the...
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