The Giants have really folded ever since the Cubs swept them in four games at Wrigley Field back in early August. Sure, injuries have ravaged their roster a good bit, but the Giants came into that series 59-48, a couple games up in the Wild Card race. Since then, they’ve gone 18-23 against a so-so schedule, and, after last night’s loss, find themselves all but eliminated from any serious playoff consideration. They’re once again tied with the Nationals in the standings, and we all know how the Nationals are doing.
The Cubs’ magic number in the Wild Card race is down to just 5, which is also the same number of games by which they now trail the Cardinals.
The Giants loss, by the way, actually clinched a playoff spot for the Cardinals, though I doubt they celebrated after they, themselves, lost to the Cubs. I actually heard a Cardinals fan say to his buddy as they left Wrigley yesterday: “Well, thank goodness for the Wild Card.” They’re feeling the heat in the Central.
The Cardinals’ lead in the Central is down to 4.0 games over the Pirates, as they somehow managed to beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers last night. That means they remain one game ahead of the Cubs for the top Wild Card spot.
I still think the Cardinals take the Central when all is said and done, but things sure are getting interesting, aren’t they?