The MLB playoff schedule 2010 will start on Wednesday. However, the days before the MLB playoff schedule 2010 officially begins could still have a lot of action. This is due to the National League races getting tight all of a sudden, after the Giants and Braves looked to be all but in. Yet thanks to their late slipups, they are fighting to get in today, or else they might not clinch a berth until Tuesday night. If they don’t, then the MLB playoff schedule 2010 could be historic before it officially begins.
The Padres were three games back of the Giants in the NL West before this weekend, and were pretty much finished. What’s more, they were two back of the Braves in the wild card, with the Braves needing to beat a Phillies team that has locked home field up. Therefore, it looked like a dull weekend would close the regular season.
Instead, two spots on the MLB playoff schedule 2010 could still be left blank after today. After two straight wins over the Giants, the Padres would clinch a tie for first in the NL West with one more win. But first, they have to find out their wild card status, as they are now also tied with the Braves after Atlanta lost two straight to Philadelphia.
If the Giants and Braves both win, then the MLB playoff schedule 2010 will be set without any extra action. In that cut-and-dry scenario, the Braves will face the Giants in the postseason, while the Phillies will host the Reds. But any other scenario will trigger chaos – some more than others.
If the Giants win and the Braves lose, the Giants clinch the NL West, while the Braves and Padres will have a one-game playoff for the wild card. Yet if the Padres win and the Braves lose, the Braves will finish a game back of the Giants and Padres, and be knocked out of the wild card. Therefore, the Padres and Giants won’t have to have a playoff, leaving San Diego as the NL West champions, and San Francisco as the wild card.
However, if the Padres and the Braves win, then there will be no off days before the MLB playoff schedule 2010 starts. In that scenario, the Padres, Braves and Giants will have 91 wins, and must play two playoff games. First, San Diego would host a playoff against San Francisco for the NL West crown – with the loser then having to go to Atlanta on Tuesday to play for the wild card.
In that scenario, the loser of a Giants-Padres playoff on Monday could then win the wild card on Tuesday – and have to go right to Philadelphia for Game 1 of the division round on Wednesday. This would certainly benefit the Phillies – but if they beat the Braves today, that situation will not happen. In that case, it might actually benefit them to lose to Atlanta.
The full MLB playoff schedule may not be set until Tuesday night – or it could be set in a few hours. It all rides on the Phillies-Braves match at 1:35 pm est, and then the Padres-Giants ‘finale’ at 4:05.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
Yahoo Sports- “Updated playoff scenarios and viewing guide”