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There’s plenty left to decide in the National League

And you thought this weekend would be boring.

The Padres are still alive in the National League West. They slugged three homers against Matt Cain en route to a 6-4 victory over the Giants last night. The Friars now sit two games back in the National League West with two left to play.

And don’t forget the Wild Card, either. Because the Phillies crushed the Braves 11-5 last night, the Padres are just one game back there.

Take a look at the upcoming pitching matchups:


Padres vs. Giants

Tim Stauffer (5-5, 1.89 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (9-13, 4.08 ERA)

Phillies vs. Braves

Vance Worley (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.41 ERA)


Padres vs. Giants

Mat Latos (14-9, 2.92 ERA) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (12-9, 3.15 ERA)

Phillies vs. Braves

Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.09 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (16-9, 2.76 ERA)

OK, now here are the potential tiebreaker scenarios, courtesy of Dan Manella of

If the Padres take two out of three from the Giants and the Braves are swept by the Phillies:

The Giants would win the National League West and the Padres and Braves would play a one-game playoff Monday at Turner Field.

If the Padres sweep the Giants and the Braves are swept by the Phillies:

The Padres would be awarded the National League West since they hold the head-to-head advantage over the Giants this season. The Giants, meanwhile, would win the Wild Card.

If the Padres sweep the Giants and the Braves lose two out of three to the Phillies:

Here’s the fun one. All three teams would finish with identical 91-71 records, forcing two tiebreaker games. The Giants and Padres would play a one-game playoff Monday at PETCO Park to determine the winner of the National League West. The loser of the game would then play the Braves on Tuesday to decide the Wild Card winner.

Yeah, yeah. If the Padres lose just one of their remaining two games and the Braves win one, everything will be decided, but really, what fun is that? Since my Mets are out of it, I’m rooting for chaos, baby.