Can the Padres Win the NL West?

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Sunday, Oct 3, 2010  |  Updated 9:14 AM PDT
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Can the Padres Win the NL West?

Lindsay Hood

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Three teams, two NL playoff spots open, one day left in the regular season. A look at the NL West and wild-card scenarios as the San Francisco Giants (91-69), San Diego Padres (90-71) and Atlanta Braves (90-71) head into Sunday's games:

  --If the Giants beat the Padres on Sunday, San Francisco is the NL West champion. If the Giants win and Atlanta beats Philadelphia, the Braves win the wild card.

  --If the Giants win and the Braves lose, San Diego and Atlanta tie for the wild card. There would be a one-game tiebreaker Monday in Atlanta for the wild card.

  --If the Padres win and the Braves lose, San Diego wins the NL West and San Francisco gets the wild card. The Braves would be eliminated. The Padres get the division title because they won the season series against the Giants.

  --If the Padres win and the Braves win, San Diego, San Francisco and Atlanta all finish 91-71. The Giants and Padres would play a one-game tiebreaker for the NL West title Monday night in San Diego. The loser would then go to Atlanta for a one-game playoff for the wild card on Tuesday night (the Braves would host either the Padres or Giants because Atlanta won the season series against both teams).
 
The game starts at 1:05 p.m. Fans are invited to watch the big game live at Petco Park on the Jumbotron.

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