Waning intrigue in race for playoff spots

Padres are presently on outside looking in and will need to sweep Giants this weekend

Originally Published: October 1, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Eight weeks ago, it looked like it might be one of the great finishing weekends in history. The series matchups included Phillies-Braves, Padres-Giants, Rockies-Cardinals, Angels-Rangers and Yankees-Red Sox, all of which were supposed to decide something of significance, and therefore bring tremendous drama. Instead, the eight playoff teams might be decided by Friday night, meaning no playoff game Monday as there had been the last three years, and perhaps no meaningful games on the final Sunday ...

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