National League Playoff Race


Zach Goodman, Chase Meili, and Brandon Dryer

With 3 weeks left in the season the National League playoff race has started to become very exciting with 5 teams battling for 3 spots. All of the teams are playing very good baseball as they battle with their seasons on the line.


Diamondbacks- The Diamondbacks pulled ahead from the rest of the back when they went on a 13 game winnings streak that ended less than a week ago. They hold a 3 game lead for the first wild card spot over the Rockies. They have 2 more games in their series against the Rockies.


Diamondbacks Chance to Make the Playoffs (CMP) – >99%


Rockies- The Rockies season looked like it was hanging on by a thread when they had to take off for an 8 game road trip in Arizona and Los Angeles. They only held a half game lead in the Wild card when it started but have built a 3.5 game lead after winning their first 6 games of the road trip.


Rockies CMP- 83%


Cubs- The Cubs currently hold a 2 game lead over the Brewers for the Central Division lead. If they can’t hold on to that lead they still have a chance at the final wild card spot.


Cubs CMP- 86%


Brewers- The Brewers thought their shot at the playoffs was through the division but after the Rockies slipped since their 8 game slide before the all star break they have a chance at both the Division and the Wild Card. They currently sit 3.5 games back of the Rockies for that final spot in the Wild Card and 2 games back of the Cubs. Their chances took a serious hit though when they lost their ace Jimmy Nelson to a season ending shoulder injury.


Brewers CMP- 14%


Cardinals- The Cardinals currently sit 2.5 games behind the Cubs and 4 games behind the Rockies. Although their chances aren’t great any Cardinals fan has to be happy that they are still in contention after the lackluster season they have played. They are going to have to win a lot of games to close out the season if they want a chance.


Cardinals CMP- 8%

The races are intensifying and will hopefully have some close and exciting finishes. The Dodgers and the Nationals are the only two teams that have clinched playoff spots. Now it is just time to wait and see who will join them.