The battle for the #1 pick in the 2009 draft is coming down to three teams, with a fourth making a late charge. And three of the "contenders" will play against each other down the stretch.
San Diego 56-90
Seattle 57-87 2 GB
Pittsburgh 60-85 4 1/2 GB
Remaining games left:
Washington - 3 at Florida, 4 vs New York, 3 vs San Diego, 3 vs Florida, 3 at Philadelphia
San Diego - 4 vs San Francisco, 3 at Colorado, 3 at Washington, 3 at Los Angeles, 3 vs Pittsburgh
Seattle - 4 at Los Angeles (Anaheim), 4 at Kansas City, 3 at Oakland, 4 vs Los Angeles, 3 vs Oakland
Pittsburgh - 1 at Houston, 3 vs St. Louis, 4 vs Los Angeles, 3 vs Houston, 3 at Milwaukee, 3 at San Diego
The Mariners probably have the least favorable schedule for getting the worst record as they play no teams who have anything to play for. The Angels will just be trying to not get hurt, although it's likely that the Angels reserves are still a lot better than the Mariners starters.
I am not a draft expert so I don't know what the tiebreaker is if two teams with the same record for the #1 spot. I'm guessing that the record the year before would prevail. So if San Diego and Washington finished tied, the Nats would pick first. But if someone knows the correct answer, please tell me and I will correct this info.
The Pirates could be a dark horse as they have a brutal schedule. Houston is hot and making a late run at the playoffs. The Cardinals still have a shot too. The Dodgers will be looking to make some hay in the NL West.
San Diego plays at Washington on September 19-21. Buy your tickets now! The Padres schedule is pretty easy down the stretch, with the kicker being that the Padres aren't very good.