MLB - Do or Die Weekend in the National League (Leave up all weekend)

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MLB - Do or Die Weekend in the National League (Leave up all weekend)


If you have been betting baseball this week and playing the division leaders figuring they have to win to make the playoffs against a crummy array of teams, any thoughts of a wonderful dinner at Ruth Chris or any other fine steakhouse has been reduced to Campbell's soup and crackers.

New York Mets backers were feeling comforted after winning last three games in Florida and taking on lowly Washington. The Mets lost the first game of the series, but what the heck, you can't win them all. Well, quicker than you can say Washington Senators, the Nationals swept the Mets, who also lost a make-up to St. Louis to lose 8.55 units in FOUR games. With three games still to play, New York is 40-38, -19.3 units at Shea Stadium. With five teams within two games of one another, New York could only not lose the division; they could end up out of the playoffs all together.

Pittsburgh was closing the season like they have there bags packed for the off-season losing nine straight games. They come home to finish off another dismal year and face league leading Arizona. Only in 2007 would this happen, the Pirates won the series, taking the first two games, damaging the D-Backs with San Diego and Colorado in hot pursuit. The Rockies are on a Rocky Mountain high having won 11 in a row and setting a franchise record for wins. Colorado has the second best home record in the National League at 48-30 (+12.5 units). Who would have ever guessed in early April, Arizona visiting Coors Field in the last series of the year would help decide a pennant race.

Any Cub fan worth their salt knew this week was going to be similar to having wisdom teeth pulled trying to win Central Division crown. Of the three previous Cubs teams that have made the playoffs in the last 23 years, this is easily the worst of the batch; nonetheless the St. Louis Cardinals of 2006 did not have one recall the 1927 Yankees. After being swept in Florida (0-6 this year against Marlins), it's off to Cincinnati trying to win a division title.

Two second place teams will compete three more times in Milwaukee trying to hunt down a division crown or more. Milwaukee who lost Thursday night has less options being two games behind Chicago with no chance for wild card. San Diego trails Arizona by one game and is a single game ahead of Philadelphia and Colorado for the wild card. The Phillies have pulled even with the Mets in the NL East and host Washington this weekend.

It's not going to happen, but wouldn't it be fun if all seven contending teams ended tied. Let the fun continue as we as bettors try to sort out this craziness called the National League.

Stick right here with and utilize all the information available to you, such as the Betting Trends and Team Statistics pages, to make it a successful end to the regular season.

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