After laying waste to the Cardinals three of four games at Busch, the Dodgers went ahead and continued their hot streak, knocking the Rockies out 8-2 Monday whilst also knocking them out of first place in the NL West.
This leaves the Rox the Cardinals’ biggest competition for an October slot for the time being, a situation that should last through the end of the season according to ESPN baseball broadcaster Jon Sciambi.
‘Boog’ Sciambi tried to handicap the NL Wild Card race in a recent visit with ‘The Bernie Miklasz Show,’ and thinks the Dodgers’ exemplary metrics are finally allowing them to rise to the top of the West, leaving the Cards an easier opponent with Colorado.
“I think [the Cardinals] do have a pretty good chance,” Sciambi said. “I do think that where this stuff is challenging…You look at the [NL] West; just start with the Dodgers. You’re talking about a team that leads the league in runs per game. They lead the league in fewest runs allowed per game. That team is normally in first place by eight games. That team’s not normally fighting for a playoff spot.
“And here, the Rockies being minus 9, it sort of confuses me,” he added. “So if you made me guess, I still kind of believe as a final analysis the Dodgers are the best team in the West. They’ll probably win that division. And yeah, I think the Cardinals will probably get the second wild card.”
The fact the Dodgers and Rockies are playing each other this week bodes well for the Cards as long as they can take care of business in Atlanta while the two West clubs beat each other up. The Cards sit half a game up on Colorado as of this writing, with the Rox dealt a blow Monday after Trevor Story’s early exit with possible UCL damage to his right elbow.
Sciambi also discussed Mike Shildt’s managing style and being ‘in heaven’ watching Jack Flaherty and Walker Buehler pitch this past weekend. You can hear the entire chat below.