Okay, I'm trying to wrap my head around all of these playoff possibilities, so I know for whom I want to root as a Dodger fan to allow for the most favorable matchup in the NLDS. If anyone else wants to weigh in on this, please comment, as this sort of thing usually makes my head hurt.
As of this second, Philadelphia has a two-game lead on New York for the NL East title, and Milwaukee has a one-game lead over New York in the Wild Card race. All three teams have two games to play. First pitch for the Mets is in 10 minutes, so I've gotta get cracking here.
- The Dodgers will definitely end up as the division winner with the worst record, making us third in the pecking order. Normally, this means we would play the second-best division winner, which would come from the NL East.
- However, if Milwaukee wins the Wild Card, then the Cubs can't play Milwaukee (as they are in the same division), and would instead play the Dodgers for the NLDS. I don't want the Dodgers to play the Cubs in the NLDS. The Cubs frighten me, Sports Illustrated cover this week (and jinx?) notwithstanding. They're rested, they're good, they're streaking, and this could be their year. And it would be nice for the Dodgers to win a playoff round, for the first time since 1988.
- Instead, I want the Dodgers to play a NL East team, which means we want the Mets to overtake the Brewers in the Wild Card race. And, I want the Phillies and Mets to have to play a tie-breaker game against each other, sending their #1 pitchers to the mound in a winner-take-all game rather than having that #1 pitcher go up against Derek Lowe in Game 1 of the Dodgers' NLDS. In fact, all the way around, I'm hoping for more ties than Brad Pitt at Father's Day, so that all opponents' pitching staffs are thrown off and/or depleted.
So I think what I'm rooting for is follows:
- New York to win its next two games and Philly to lose its next two games, forcing a tie atop the NL East and a one-game playoff;
- Milwaukee to lose one of its next two games, which could force a second winner-take-all playoff against the loser of the Philly/New York NL East playoff, or just forces a Milwaukee/New York playoff, but then has the Mets prevailing;
- Both one-game playoffs to go to 45 innings each, using all pitchers possible. And maybe the ground opens up and swallows up a key player or two from each team.
I've gotta write this down for my own sake, but also to test the logic with all the SoSG readers. Is this the right gameplan, folks? I could use your help sorting this out...