Breaking down Sunday's playoff scenarios…

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No matter the results, really, this is going to be a crazy day in the baseball world.  Let’s lay out the possible scenarios before everything gets going.

The Padres, 90-71, are one game back of the Giants in the NL West and tied with the Braves in the NL Wild Card.

The Giants, 91-70, lead the NL West by one game.

The Braves, 90-71, share the NL Wild Card currently with the Padres.

  • If the Giants beat the Padres on Sunday, the Giants take the NL West.  Then if the Braves beat the Phillies, the Braves take the NL Wild Card.
  • If the Giants beat the Padres but the Braves lose to the Phillies, there would be a one-game playoff in Atlanta between the Padres and Braves for the NL Wild Card.
  • If the Padres beat the Giants and the Braves lose, the Padres would win the NL West because they won the season series against the Giants.  And the Giants, then, would win the Wild Card.
  • If the Padres and Braves both win, all teams would finish with a 91-71 record, marking the first-ever three-team tiebreaker in MLB history.  The Giants and Padres would play a one-game playoff in San Diego on Monday to decide the division.  The loser would then head to Atlanta for a one-game playoff on Tuesday that would decide the Wild Card.

For what it’s worth, we’re rooting for that last one.

The Phillies have shut down Jake Thompson

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 03:  Jake Thompson #75 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field on March 3, 2016 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start.

Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness.

Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.

Congressional candidate uses Jose Fernandez’s death to score political points

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As a horrible Sunday unfolded yesterday there was at least one thing buoying the public mood: the overwhelming outpouring of emotion and love for Jose Fernandez and warm remembrances of his all-too-brief time on Earth.

But it wasn’t a unanimous sentiment. Some people, like this Florida state representative who is currently running for Congress, thought it was a great time to make a political point:

Setting aside the tastelessness of Gaetz’s timing and intent, one wonders if he appreciates that the reason Fernandez risked his life on multiple occasions was specifically so he could live in a country where protesting and not exhibiting a reflexive loyalty and patriotism is a fundamental right and does not get you thrown in jail.

But really, it’s the tastelessness which most galls here.