To say this major league baseball regular season went by fast is an understatement. It seems only a few weeks ago that the season started to me. Now the regular season is down to 15 games. The magic number for the Phillies to eliminate the Braves or Marlins is still at 8, it moves with a Phillies win or Marlins or Braves loss. The Phillies have the NL East division safe at hand for now, the other teams in the NL East are struggling to get into the playoffs and they compete with the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco for a wild card spot.
The Rockies are in a safe position for the wild card on Sunday, barring an untimely losing streak by them, they should secure the spot in the playoffs. Here’s a look at the Rockies schedule remaining:
As you can see the Rockies have some formidable opponents that they will face near the end of the season, the Cardinals and Dodgers. So they will have their work cut out for them, but they will also have good opponents to keep them sharp.
Here is the San Francisco Giants remaining games:
The Giants seem to have an easier schedule to finish out the regular season than the Giants do, so we’ll see if that helps them in their quest for the postseason.
Here is the remaining schedule for the Marlins in 2009:
A lot of games against the Phillies remain for them and the Braves, they could use these series to make their push towards the top at the end of the season. The Phillies just need to win to keep the pressure on the Marlins. If the Phils slip up, the Marlins could just find themselves in luck and bring this season down to the last series of the regular season.
The Atlanta Braves will finish the season this way:
The Mets, Washington, Florida, and then Washington again for a four game series to end their regular season. So in many ways the Braves may have the easiest schedule remaining of all.