It occurred to me yesterday that the Philadelphia Phillies string of National League East Championships had come to a quiet end. They are 16.5 games behind the Nats and 10.5 behind the Braves with just over 10 games to go.
Their run is over. And no one is talking about it.
Because the new, second and final Wild Card playoff spot is still in reach (barely) but it is still in reach. For all those people who said they did not like that MLB had added a second Wild Card they need to re-think their position.
If not for the extra spot the season would be over for teams like the Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Cardinals, Detroit and Tampa Bay. With it there is meaningful baseball in the month of September for these teams.
How much better quality are the games played with because they are still in the hunt. Imagine the crappy product if the teams were out of it and they brought up the AA team to see how they could do. Try paying $200 to sit through a game like that.
Anyway, it’s the f...