We’ve got ourselves a pretty big game this afternoon out in San Francisco. The Braves have a comfortable lead over beat the Phillies, so once that goes final they will have clinched at least a tie of the Wild Card. If the Padres beat the Giants, they’ll force a one-game playoff with SF tomorrow to determine the NL West winner. The loser of that game will play the Braves on Tuesday in a one-game playoff to determine the Wild Card winner. But if the Padres lose today, the Giants win the division and Atlanta the Wild Card. Got it? Good.
San Diego’s bullpen is taxed beyond belief (Heath Bell and Luke Gregerson have pitched in four straight, Mike Adams in five), but they’re all available today. The game is on MLB Network at 4pm ET; the brilliant Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow have the call. This one means more than any game the Yankees have played all season, so enjoy. Should be a blast.