Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Miracle Out West?

My, oh my!

Will there be a miracle out west?

The San Diego Padres, who as of yesterday had everything stacked up against them, are still alive and thriving.

The Padres needed every possible scenario (including the parting of the Red Sea) to go their way in order to have any hopes of making the playoffs-- and sure enough-- everything has gone their way.

The first thing they needed was to sweep the San Francisco Giants. Well, they have now taken the first two games, 6-4 and 4-2, and have pulled to within one game of the division leading Giants. If they win tomorrow and complete the sweep, they would end up tied for the division, setting up a possible one-game playoff on Monday.

And what makes this almost-miracle even more amazing is that the Padres needed the Atlanta Braves to lose (at least) 2 out of 3 to the Philadelphia Phillies in order to tie for the Wild-Card. And wouldn't you know it? That also has happened.

The two Padres wins coupled with the two Braves losses has set up all kinds of crazy and confusing scenarios for the last two remaining playoff spots.

I think they go something like this--

1) If the Padres beat the Giants tomorrow and Atlanta loses to the Phillies, then both the Padres and Giants are in the playoffs. One would be the West champ and the other the Wild-Card.

2) If both the Padres and the Braves win Sunday, San Francisco would play at San Diego on Monday to determine the West champion and the loser would play at Atlanta on Tuesday for the Wild-Card.

3) If the Padres and Braves lose, there would be a one-game tie-breaker in Atlanta on Monday for the Wild-Card. The Giants would win the West.

Personally, I thought it was almost impossible for this scenario to unfold and I had the Padres' chances at slim to none. Boy, was I proven wrong.

I guess the old adage, "that's why we play the games", never fails.

Gotta love it!

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