Sunday, September 30, 2007

What if...?

I've been a huge baseball fan for most of my life, but the last 9 years my team, the Orioles, have finished in 4th place in the AL East. Needless to say, I haven't been excited for the MLB playoffs in a long time. With one game left in the regular season, I was reading the postseason scenarios on Yahoo for the National league. The Mets, Phillies, Rockies, and Padres all still have a chance of making the playoffs with ONE game left! That's crazy! What's even more crazy is this scenario, which I don't think has ever happened since the introduction of the wild card team... I've never seen anything like it in all of sports.

What if...
Padres lose, Rockies win, Mets win, Phillies win

All four teams finish 89-73, meaning the NLDS cannot begin until Thursday. Mets visit Phillies on Monday to determine East champion. The Rockies, Padres and Monday's loser remain tied. The Rockies have the best head-to-head record among the three (regardless of whether Mets or Phillies lose). The Rockies either can choose to play a home game Tuesday and, if they win, a home game Wednesday, or they can opt to let the Padres and the East runner-up play Tuesday, with the winner hosting the Rockies on Wednesday. If the Rockies choose to play Wednesday on the road, the Padres would host the Mets or visit the Phillies on Tuesday, with the winner hosting the Rockies on Wednesday for the wild card. If the Rockies choose to stay at home, the Phillies (if they lost to the Mets on Monday) or Padres (if the Phillies beat the Mets) would choose to play Tuesday at the Rockies, then (if they win) Wednesday at home against the Padres or Mets, OR simply play Wednesday at the winner of Padres-Rockies or Mets-Rockies

My pick is for the Mets to comeback and win the NL East, and the Padres lock up the wildcard with a win.