Derek Holland

Three up, three down | NL West is winning, knuckleheads are bruising

Three up, three down | NL West is winning, knuckleheads are bruising

A look at the trending topics in MLB:

THREE UP

NL West: If the National League playoffs had started Saturday, the invitations would have read like this: “Got a winning record? You’re in!” In the 15-team league, five teams are above .500: the Washington Nationals in the NL East, the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and the Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the NL West. The Nationals might win the NL East by 25 games, but the Dodgers might end up with a better October draw if they win the NL West. The Nats would play the wild-card winner; the Dodgers the winners of the persistently mediocre NL Central. The Chicago Cubs? As...

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