The National League Wild Card Race just got a little bit less interesting. That second spot is still far from locked down with Milwaukee trailing Colorado by just 2.5 games, but the Arizona heat finally reached Chase Field and the streaking Diamondbacks have all but clinched the top spot in the National League Wild Card.
The 13-game winning streak perfectly coincides with a rough streak for the Dodgers, bringing the D-Backs just 10.5 games from first in the NL West, the closest the gap has been since Mariners fans still cared about baseball (typically around mid-June). The D-Backs have managed six victories over the Dodgers and managed to lead for 97 consecutive innings during the streak, according to the Associated Press.
In typical Diamondback fashion, the excellence has been overshadowed by something better happening back east as the Indians continue their 15-game winning streak, here so beautifully expounded upon by our very own Dustin Brown. Cleveland has LeBron James and mascot controversy, Phoenix has Paul Goldschmidt and noisy venomous creatures. Also, Joe Arpaio.
To give you a hint of just how well things are going for Arizona during this streak, get a load of this: pitcher Taijuan Walker, while only allowing four hits over six innings, added an RBI double of his own as well. Pitchers don’t do that, unless they also hurt themselves on dirt bikes and cost their team big time.
The next team in for the Wild Card is the 72-68 Milwaukee Brewers, who were just swept by NL Central bottom feeder Cincinnati. After them, the St. Louis Cardinals, also at 72-68, still have a solid chance to overtake the Colorado Rockies, but are currently dealing with an injury to leading hitter Tommy Pham. With less than a month left in the season, anything could happen. Keep your eyes peeled.