Monday, September 21, 2009

Playoff picture changes everyday as to Phillies opponent

   With about 2 weeks left in the season, the Phillies playoff opponent is still very unclear. Here's how the Division Series usually works out:

     The first round is the Division Series, which is a best-of-five series that matches up the top four teams in each league. The team with the best overall record gets the top seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs. It hosts Games 1, 2 and 5 in the Division Series round. The team with the second-best record will hosts Games 1, 2 and 5 in its series.

Typically the wild-card team plays the team with the best overall record. But if those teams are in the same division, then the wild-card team will face the team with the second-best record.

   The Dodgers have the highest win total at this point in time, and the Phillies and St. Louis are tied for the second and third place as far as best record is concerned with 87 wins each, although St. Louis has two more losses than the Phillies at the start of play tonight. So there are still many variables to consider including the Wild Card which isn't a done deal yet either.

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