NL Wild Card Whirlwind: Phillies, Diamondbacks, Cubs


Sep 26, 2023

The Major League Baseball season is coming to its thrilling conclusion, and NL wild card positions are still hotly contested. The Philadelphia Phillies have solidified their place, and the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs are battling for the second wild card.

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In an unfortunate turn of events, the Diamondbacks experienced a devastating loss against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Despite holding the lead three times, Arizona’s bullpen couldn’t keep New York at bay. Merrill Kelly‘s impressive five innings were overshadowed by the Diamondbacks’ inability to hold onto their advantage. Corbin Carroll‘s batting shone, but it wasn’t meant to be.

However, Arizona isn’t the only team struggling to maintain leads. The Cincinnati Reds have also faced their share of missed opportunities. Their monumental lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates saw them ahead by nine runs, only for the game to slip through their fingers. And the game against the Minnesota Twins was another heartbreaker. Most notably, the game where Hunter Greene delivered a staggering 14 strikeouts and allowed only three hits, yet the Reds couldn’t capitalize.

Despite past setbacks, the Diamondbacks, Marlins, and Cubs have the chance to rewrite their narratives. With the wild card games on the horizon, it’s time for these teams to leave their previous blunders behind and focus on seizing the moments that matter.

The Diamondbacks and the Cubs have a clear path: win, and they’re in. For the Marlins, the situation is a tad more complex. Their possession of the tiebreaker could be their ace in the hole.

For the fans and the teams, this wild card race underscores baseball’s unpredictable and captivating nature. Every game counts, and as history has shown, anything can happen. So, as the season approaches its climax, one message remains clear: it’s anyone’s ballgame.

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