It’s a lot more fun to do the Scoreboard Watching when somebody who isn’t the Cubs drops a game.
Alas, after the Cubs dispatched the Braves yesterday, the Brewers and Cardinals both won, too. The Brewers beat the Nationals again with a 1-0 shutout. Two runs, Nats. Two runs. The Cardinals beat up on the Giants, which, hey, take care of business. Young pitching prospect Jack Flaherty started that one in place of Mike Leake, whom the Cardinals traded before the waiver trade deadline, and got lit up.
With the wins, the Brewers stayed 3.5 games back of the Cubs, and the Cardinals stayed 6.0 games back.
At least the Cubs’ magic number to clinch the NL Central dropped by a game to 25 with their own win.
Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks won their 8th straight game to open up a 4.5-game lead over the Rockies for the top Wild Card spot. You can just about pencil in the Wild Card game in Phoenix.
The Rockies lost their second in a row, though, and are now just 1.5 games ahead of the Brewers for that second spot. The Cardinals are 4.0 games back. Should we have a dog in that fight? My instinct is that I don’t really care all that much. The Cubs would face one of those teams only if they ultimately beat the Dodgers in the NLDS, so it’s all very, very far down the road.