Examining The Possible Endings Of The 2018 Season

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With three games left in the regular season, we still don’t know what the National League will look like on Monday morning. The only thing we know right now is the that the Braves will win the NL East. As it stands in the West Right now, the Dodgers (88-71) trail the Rockies (89-70) by one game. Because of all the chaos in the NL, I’ve put together a list of possible endings for the season and what it would take for these to happen.

Elimination

What it would take

In order for the Dodgers to be eliminated, the Rockies would have to maintain their lead in the NL West and the Cardinals would have to pass the Dodgers in the wildcard. The easiest way for the Rockies to stay on top would be for them to win their final three games against the Nationals. If the Cardinals were to pass the Dodgers, they would need to win at least two games and the Dodgers lose on those days.

What would happen

The Dodgers go home early and we wait five months for more Dodger baseball.

Wild Card

What it would take

If the Dodgers were to earn the second wild-card spot, they would need to stay in second place in the NL West. They would also need to maintain their one-game lead over the Cardinals.

What would happen

The Dodgers would face either the Brewers or Cubs in the NL Wild Card game. The game would be played at either Miller Park (Brewers) or Wrigley Field (Cubs). The winner will advance to play the Cubs or Brewers (whoever wins the division) in the NLDS.

Division Champions

What it would take

The Dodgers would need to sweep the Giants in San Francisco and the Rockies need to lose at least two games against the Nationals. If the Rockies get swept by the Nationals, the Dodgers only need two wins in San Francisco.

What would happen

The Dodgers would play the Braves in the NLDS. We don’t know who would have home-field advantage at this time.

Division Tie

What it would take

For the Dodgers and Rockies to tie for first place in the NL West, the Dodgers need to win two of their final three games and the Rockies need to lose two on the same days. The Dodgers would also need to lose one game and the Rockies win one. This would give both of them a 90-72 record.

What would happen

The Dodgers would host a tie-breaker game on Monday. The winner would go on to play the Braves. things aren’t so simple for the loser. If the Cardinals clinch a wild card spot, the loser would be eliminated. If the Cardinals get eliminated, the loser of the tie-breaker game would advance to the wild card.

Three-Way-Tie

What it would take

The Dodgers would need to go 2-1 in the final series of the season. The Rockies would need to go 1-2. The Cardinals would need to go 3-0. If this happens, they would all end the season with 90 wins and 72 losses.

What would happen

I am not 100% confident on this one, but this is what seems logical. The Dodgers and Rockies would play a tie-breaker for the division title. The winner would face the Braves in the NLDS. The loser would face the Cardinals in a tie-breaker for the second wild-card spot. The winner of that game will move on to the wild card game, while the loser would be eliminated.

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