The Dodgers are nearly out of time. With their loss Monday and the Cardinals' win, they are now a season-worst 4½ games out of a playoff spot with just eight games left to play. The Dodgers' elimination number, the total of needed losses and/or Cardinals wins, is now just four.
The Dodgers need 12 of 15 outcomes to go their way just to force a tie with St. Louis. Here are the standings:
|National League Wild Card Standings|
Dodgers Tragic Number: 4
Here is a recap of the relevant Tuesday's game action:
Padres 2, Dodgers 1: Los Angeles didn't score until the ninth inning, then put the tying run in scoring position with nobody out. But pinch runner Dee Gordon was stranded. "That was just a [expletive] loss," said manager Don Mattingly after the game. With the loss, the Dodgers' postseason odds are at just 0.9%.
Cardinals 4, Astros 0: Jaime Garcia pitched seven scoreless innings as St. Louis moved closer to a postseason berth. Since the Dodgers tied St. Louis for the second wild card spot with a comeback win on Sept. 15, the Cardinals are 8-1 and the Dodgers are 3-5.
The earliest that the Dodgers or Brewers could be eliminated is Friday. The Diamondbacks and Phillies could be eliminated as early as Thursday.
Here is Wednesday's schedule:
- 3:35 p.m. - Los Angeles (Aaron Harang) at San Diego (Clayton Richard)
- 4:05 p.m. - Washington (John Lannan) at Philadelphia (Kyle Kendrick)
- 4:10 p.m. - Milwaukee (Shaun Marcum) at Cincinnati (Bronson Arroyo)
- 5:05 p.m. - St. Louis (Chris Carpenter) at Houston (Bud Norris)
- 7:15 p.m. - Arizona (Wade Miley) at San Francisco (Matt Cain)