Oct 022010
Phillies CF Shane Victorino

Phillies CF Shane Victorino

October 2 phillies.com:

ATLANTA — The Phillies are helping turn the National League postseason picture into a mess.

They beat the Braves at Turner Field on Saturday, 7-0. The victory improved the Phillies to 97-64, which is the first time they have won 97 games since 1993. But it also dropped the Braves into a first-place tie with the Padres in the National League Wild Card race. The Padres beat the Giants on Saturday, 4-2.

It looked like the Phillies were destined to play the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Division Series, which begins Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Not so fast.

If both the Braves and Padres lose Sunday to finish the season tied for the NL Wild Card, there would be a one-game tiebreaker Monday in Atlanta. If the Padres win the tiebreaker, they would play the Phillies in the NLDS. If the Braves win, the Phillies would play the Reds.

If the Padres win and Braves win Sunday, the Padres would be tied for the NL West lead with the Giants. The Padres and Giants would play a one-game tiebreaker Monday at PETCO Park. The loser would play the Braves on Tuesday at Turner Field for the Wild Card.

If the Padres win and the Braves lose, the Braves would be eliminated and the Giants and Padres would finish tied for the NL West lead. But because the Padres have a better head-to-head record against the Giants, the Padres would be crowned NL West champions and the Giants would win the Wild Card, which would mean the Phillies would play the Giants in the NLDS.

Got it?


Of course, a Giants victory and a Braves victory Sunday would keep things status quo. The Braves would win the Wild Card, the Giants would win the NL West and the Phillies would host the Reds.

How did the Phillies make this happen Saturday?

Mostly through great pitching. The Phillies started rookie right-hander Vance Worley in place of Roy Halladay, who they rested in preparation for Game 1 of the NLDS.

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