Found August 27, 2013 on Taking Bad Schotz:
With a little over a month to play, there are no questions as to who will be in the playoffs in the National League. The five teams are more or less set, with three teams battling for a division and the two wild card spots. The Dodgers have a 9.5 game lead. The Braves have a 13 game lead over the Nationals. And then there is the NL Central, where the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds are within 3.5 games of each other. Those five teams will be the five teams representing the NL in the playoffs. But what has happened this year in the NL is only possible because of the two wild card system. The second wild card was supposed to add suspense to the end of the season and assure at least one close race for baseball fans to salivate over. But year two is almost in the books, and the system has already been beaten. The NL Central has helped to break the system this year. The Pirates finally took two years of great starts and continued its great play through the whole season. The Cardinals have co...
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