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Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler Explain Nats’ Confusing Playoff Scenario

by Chris Lingebach
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Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals walks into the club house after his hit brought in the game-winning run against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Nationals Park on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 6-5. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Denard Span #2 of the Washington Nationals walks into the club house after his hit brought in the game-winning run against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Nationals Park on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Washington Nationals won, 6-5. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - With thirty teams playing 162-game schedules (4,860 games in total) in Major League Baseball, calculating the possibility each team has to make the playoffs, and the number of games before even one is mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs can get a little complicated.

It’s not as easy to determine as say, the likelihood one of thirty-two NFL teams will the playoffs as a 16-game schedule wears down.

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Marlins, which has a high possibility of being postponed until Sunday, the Nats are currently five games back from both the Pirates and Reds for the second Wild Card spot in the National League, with eight games left to close the gap.

But the Pirates will only have seven games to play by Sunday. So to will the Reds.

So how many games would it hypothetically take to eliminate Washington from playoff contention in 2013?

Let’s just let the pros handle it. With that, I’ll defer to Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler to explain.

I’m really starting to believe it’s actually magic they use to determine the number, by the way.

Listen below.

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