The National League Playoff Race is Extremely Competitive

The National League playoff race will be a wild ride. In the NL East, the Braves, Nationals, Mets and Phillies, are all very capable of winning the division title crown. In the NL Central, the Cubs (who have started off slow but it is early), the Brewers, and possibly the Cardinals are talented enough to make a World Series push. So that’s seven playoff-worthy teams fighting for, at most, four postseason spots (two titles, two wild-cards). Then you have the Dodgers as the West favorites. Although the Rockies have brought most of their primary pieces from last year’s NL wild-card club, they have underachieved as they have a 7-12 record and are dead last in the NL West. So that’s eight worthy teams vying for six spots, and teams like the Reds and Padres could/should be significantly better this year. The AL, on the other hand, isn’t quite as compelling. Barring preseason catastrophic injury issues. The Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros feel like playoff locks With that being said The only real question is which team will jump up to 91-ish wins and grabs the second wild-card spot. The Red Sox were one of the favorites to win the World Series, but their season has been a complete disaster, as they are last in the AL East at 6-13. It is a very long season, but if the Sox don’t get it together before the end of May, their season will be over before it even really began.


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