September 18, 2008

Wild Card not so wild for Cards

There are six teams in the running for the NL Wild Card, and the Cardinals are just about at the bottom of the heap. Only the D'backs are farther down, and that could change within a week.

The official rundown places the Mets on top with the Brewers a smidgen behind, a half-game. Then comes a small trio that you could say, "... still got a shot," to include the Astros, Marlins, and Cardinals, in that order, and respectively, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 games out.

After that questionable pack comes the Outlanders, the Diamondbacks, but if you do the math, well, we have to list them here. Truth be known, there may be a few more Outlanders by the weekend.

More imposing than the "games behind" number, though, is the "Eeeee-limini-naaaaation digit."

That's the combo of games won by the WC leader and the losses of the team under the microscope. When you look at that number, things look ugly for some, even the trio teasing to stay in the WC race.

On this blog, our focus is the Cardinals, and their E-number is currently 6. Six is cutting it close, and the only teams truly wild in the race right now are the Mets and the Brewers. (The Mets and the Phillies, by the way, can't seem to give away the NL East fast enough, so they should be considered as interchangeable in the NL WC.)

There is one wild aspect to a not-so-wild race for the Cardinals: they can actually add some hope to the equation when it comes to the Marlins, Astros, and Brewers, because like themselves, these teams are just as prone to losing a bunch in a row.

Not quite so with the Mets, although they're working on it.

Possibly a more wild perspective for the Cardinals is that this status quo will change.