The San Diego Padres’ Playoff Hopes Come to an End
The San Diego Padres’ dreams of making it to the playoffs were shattered on Friday as they were officially eliminated by the Miami Marlins. Despite securing their 83rd victory of the season with a come-from-behind win, it wasn’t enough to keep their postseason hopes alive. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs, who had been holding onto a wild card position for weeks, slipped out of contention after losing in extra innings. Now, the Cubs must win their last two games and hope for the Marlins to lose in order to have a chance at the playoffs. The Cincinnati Reds, with 82 wins, are also in the mix and could potentially knock out either Miami or Chicago. Here are all the latest results in the battle for the final wild card spot in the National League.
Marlins Reduce Magic Number to 2 with Comeback Win
The Miami Marlins came back strong in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, thanks to Josh Bell’s two-run double. Their four-run rally secured a 4-3 victory and brought them one step closer to clinching a postseason berth. The Marlins’ “magic number” of games needed to secure at least the third wild card spot in the National League is now down to two. This win puts them in a favorable position to make their first playoff appearance since 2003, in a season not affected by a pandemic.
Padres’ Playoff Hopes Dashed Despite Win
The San Diego Padres’ hopes of reaching the playoffs were crushed on Friday, even though they managed to defeat the Chicago White Sox 3-2. The Padres’ fate was sealed when the Miami Marlins completed a comeback victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates, eliminating San Diego from contention for a wild card spot in the National League. Despite a strong performance in their last 14 games, the Padres couldn’t recover from a slow start by their star-studded team, which had one of the highest payrolls in the league.
Cubs Teetering on the Edge of Elimination
The Chicago Cubs, once in the running for the NL Central title, are now on the brink of elimination after a heartbreaking extra-innings loss. Their momentum from early September has faded, and they now face the possibility of an early exit from the postseason. In a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs suffered a 4-3 defeat in extra innings. Meanwhile, the Marlins secured a crucial victory over the Pirates, widening their lead over the Cubs with only two games remaining. Currently, the Cubs find themselves just outside the third and final wild card spot in the National League. They will need a combination of wins and losses from other teams to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Reds Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with Dominant Win
The Cincinnati Reds have been closely monitoring the standings, social media, and leaderboards, hoping for a chance to make it to the playoffs. In their game against the St. Louis Cardinals, they left nothing to chance. The Reds unleashed an offensive onslaught, hitting three home runs in the first two innings and a total of six in a convincing 19-2 victory. With this impressive win, the Reds remain in contention for the third NL Wild Card spot, just 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins. Despite the odds stacked against them, the Reds have shown unwavering determination and a readiness to face any challenge. While their playoff aspirations rely on external factors, their performance on the field sends a clear message: they are ready to fight until the end.