MLB Playoff Watch: Cardinals begin breaking up at NL Central

by Rowan Kavner
FOX Sports MLB Writer

A seven-team race is being developed for the six playoff spots in the National League.

The Dodgers They escape with the West with a difference of 19.5 games from second place parents. The basics They began to separate themselves from bruerSix games before entering Tuesday. The mets And the brave Contending for the top spot in the East, with only three matches between them, but the second-place finisher is already almost guaranteed.

It’s a much clearer separator image in NL than in AL. The giantsnow 8.5 games of wild card and only 1 game before Diamondbacks, has been removed from our most recent list. That might change by mid-September, but for now he’s leaving a file Phyllisand Padres and Brewers as the three most likely contenders in the last two wild card positions.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Arrow pointing: higher
public record: 89-38, first in NL West
Since the trade deadline: 19-5
Last 10 games: 8-2
Match odds (via FanGraphs): 100%

Freddy Freeman And the Tria Turner Keep accelerating the majors in hit songs. Mocky Pets, NL Player of the Week, leads NL in kicks scored as he shames Homer for tying his career. The Dodgers You have a plus 286 running differential this year; The next team is Yankees in plus-193.

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Nothing seems to be able to slow the Dodgers down. They are missing Walker Buhler for the rest of the year. They were without it Clayton Kershaw For about the whole month of August. All-star candidate and Si Young Tony Johnslin He is the latest shooter to reach the injured list. And they keep winning. They went 21-5 in July. Their win on Tuesday matches that record set in August.

The Dodgers need to win just 18 of their last 35 games to set a franchise winning record. They would need to go 28-7 or better to score an MLB number to win in a season. Given that they have won 44 out of 54 matches, that’s well within the realm of possibilities.

New York Mets

Arrow pointing: neutral
public record: 82-47, first in eastern NL
Since the trade deadline: 10-17
Last 10 games: 6-4
Play-off odds: 100%

Jeff McNeill linear mets‘MLB attacking and leading with 41 strikes in August, the most in a calendar month in his career, while Jacob Degrom And the Max Scherzer They are arguably the best bowlers in the National League this month; By fWAR, they ranked first and tied for second, respectively. Triple degroom, Scherzer and Chris Bassett It looks as scary as any baseball game.

However, the base of the bulls is still shaky. The Mets had a chance to break up in the East this month but it didn’t, after a series defeat in Atlanta two weeks ago and back-to-back losses to Yankees last week. Offense averaged less than three games in the game last week after being ruled out on Sunday, ending their chance of a sweep Rocky.

An interesting match between the best of the NL team awaits this week in New York, where the Mets host the Dodgers. After that, it appears to be a smooth sailing. Follow the Mets with matches against CitizensAnd the piratesAnd the Marlins Cubs And the pirates again. This seems like a massive opportunity for the dead to get more ground on the brave rise.

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Atlanta Bravis

Arrow pointing: higher
public record: 79-50, second place in the NL East
Since the trade deadline: 16-9
The last ten matches: 7-3
Playoff odds: 100%

The brave They were storming during August until they reached a higher temperature basics club this weekend. If they win the next two matches against Rockyit would mark the third straight month with losses in the single digits, a testament to Atlanta’s surge in the second half.

The youth movement continues. The NL Rookie of the Year will probably be a two-man race between the brave Spencer Strider (8-4, 2.87 ERA, 13.3 K/9) and Michael Harris (135 OPS+, 3.6 fWAR). As he slowed down in St. Louis over the weekend, it was baffling for the rookie player von Grissom He added his own character in Atlanta this month.

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as with New YorkThe bulls made some recent hiccups. The Braves had won the series this weekend in St. Louis, but Kenley Jansen He walked in the winning race in the ninth inning on Saturday. Atlanta once again maintained its lead late Sunday ahead of the eighth inning of four runs for the Cardinals. Despite the losses, the Braves managed to pull themselves out during three matches of mets After winning 15 of 17 previous matches.

Street. Louis Cardinals

Arrow pointing: the sky is high
public record: 75-54, first in NL Central
Since the trade deadline: 20-6
The last ten matches: 7-3
Playoff odds: 98.1%

when the month began, basics retarded bruer Three matches. They are now driving by six.

The Cardinals haven’t stopped winning since they added Jordan Montgomery And the Joseph Quintana on the deadline. Montgomery is 4-0 with 1.76 ERA in five Cardinals games, while Quintana is 1-1 with 3.28 ERA in five starts with his new club. The left duo added the stability needed for the St. Louis rotation.

It’s still all about abuse in St. Louis. The .888 OPS and 151 wRC+ in August are the best in baseball. Crime is still guided by her Nolan Arenado And the Paul Goldschmidtwho each have at least one complete win better than any other player in the NL Mocky Pets And the Mane Machado this year. Albert PujolsChasing 700 people from carrier pigeons adds to the excitement. Things are going up in St. Louis, and they don’t seem likely to stop.

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By FanGraphs metrics, cardinals have the easiest remaining schedule. Out eight matches spanning 20-28 September against parentsAnd the Dodgers and the Brewers, the rest of their matches against the clubs with record-losing records. They play 20 joint matches against pirates, reds And the Citizens.

Philadelphia Phillies

Arrow pointing: Little
public record: 72-57, 3rd place in NL East
Since the trade deadline: 17-9
The last ten matches: 7-3
Playoff odds: 83.2%

When you lose a streak to the number one Mets, confrontations against the Buccaneers and the Reds can provide a welcome opportunity.

Although sitting in third place in the East, Phyllis It is currently ranked second. Interim manager Rob Thompson has aged 50 to 28 years since taking the job, and has led the Phillies to their best start since 2011. Bryce Harper He returned, scoring hits in each of his first four matches from the injured list. JT Realmoto Mashing this month, the Nick Castellanos He enjoys one of his best known in Philadelphia. The start was great in August. There are many reasons to be excited.

However, the Bullpen – a problem area that Phillies tried to tackle at the deadline – remains volatile (a common theme in the East). The Philadelphia Pros enjoyed a 4.95 ERA in August, a number that rose on Monday, as the Diamondbacks scored 13 unanswered times in their biggest comeback in franchise history. Corey Nebel The season is over and Seranthony Dominguez – The most reliable savior for Phillies this year – on the injured list. Acquisition of deadline David Robertson He’s provided crucial insurance with Domínguez down, but the Phillies will want more stability at the back end with every vital match from now on. Philadelphia still has seven more games against Atlanta and the season ends in Houston.

San Diego parents

Arrow pointing: down a little
public record: 71-59, second place in NL West
Since the trade deadline: 11-13
The last ten matches: 5-5
Playoff odds: 67.5%

You can take a look at the glass as half full or half empty here. I tend to the former.

Padres has a losing track record since the deadline. The Fernando Tates Jr.. The suspension took the wind from their sails. acquisitions Josh Bell And the Brandon Drury Each has a .650 OPS sub in San Diego, while Josh Hader 12 rounds are allowed in 4 runs. Hader was disqualified, at least temporarily, from the closest role after he spoiled his only save chance. Yo Darwish And the Joe Musgrove You have an IRA of over 4.00 in August. None of this is great.

However, the Padres currently occupy the last position in the wild card. Mane Machado The great season continues. John Soto And Bale, who is now on a five-game hit streak, are back on their feet. closer timer Nick Martinez And the Adrien Morigon The pen was not allowed to run out this month. If Hader can get his level back and Soto’s strength continues to rise, this team will still be with the chops to make noise.

Milwaukee Brewers

Arrow pointing: down a little
public record: 68-59, second place at NL Central
Since the trade deadline: 11-13
The last ten matches: 5-5
Playoff odds: 50.8%

Despite vastly different approaches to Deadline, the Brewers and Padres have set identical records since then. The latter went all out, and provided reasons to believe that things might be heading uphill. The former did not.

The bruer It did nothing to boost the attack hit rate of 0.220 in August, despite the strong months of Keystone HuraAnd the Naughty TellezAnd the Renfro hunter And the Willie Adams. Brandon Woodruff And the Freddy Peralta Heading in the right direction, but candidate Cy Young Corbin Burns (1-2, 5.61 PM in August) Not so. The promotion crew as a whole, the area brewers should be able to count on, has 4.06 pm this month. While Hader stumbled hard in a new uniform, the remaining Milwaukee shorts gathered to go 6-for-14 in August to provide opportunities.

The result so far is 11-14 August records, leaving Brewers From the outside looking for a break. The Cardinals show no signs of slowing down and have the easiest schedule the rest of the way, but the Milwaukee trail isn’t the most difficult.

The Brewers are starting to turn things around, with three straight wins against Cubs And the pirates, Accumulate 23 times in those games. They had two more games against Pittsburgh before facing Arizona, Colorado, San Francisco and Cincinnati. If the Brewers are set to become a serious playoff contender again, now is the time.

Rowan Kavner covers the Dodgers and NL West for FOX Sports. Previously he was Dodgers Editor for digital and print publications. Follow him on Twitter at @Rowan Kavner.

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