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MLB Standings: Big week ahead for NL Wild Card chase

A closer look at the National League Playoff picture with just over a month left in the regular season.

American League Wild Card Game 1: New York Yankees v. Cleveland Indians Photo by Joe Sargent/MLB Photos via Getty Images

As we draw closer to the end of the regular season, the playoff picture remains unsettled and the Wild Card race could go down to the end. The Atlanta Braves are still holding the best record in the majors and just took two of three from the San Francisco Giants and now head to Colorado for three games before a four-game showdown in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Los Angeles trails Atlanta by six games in the loss column for the top seed in the National League.

The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team in the majors having won eight straight games. They lead the NL Central by four games over the Chicago Cubs.

NL Division Leaders

Division Leaders W L PCT WCGB L10 STRK
Division Leaders W L PCT WCGB L10 STRK
Atlanta Braves* 103 57 .644 - 7-3 L1
Los Angeles Dodgers* 99 61 .619 - 6-4 W1
Milwaukee Brewers* 91 69 .569 - 7-3 W3

Before we look at the Wild Card race, a quick reminder on the playoff format. If the season ended today, the Braves would be the No. 1 seed and would host the winner of the No. 4 and No. 5 matchup from the Wild Card round. The Dodgers would host the Brewers or the final Wild Card team in the Division Series

If the season ended today, the Phillies, Cubs and Diamondbacks would claim the Wild Card spots. The Phillies have won seven of 10 and have opened up a 3.0 game advantage over Chicago. Philadelphia just swept the Cardinals to start a homestand and will host the Angels next. They still have seven games left to play against the Braves.

The Cubs have won two-straight games and have a half game lead over the Diamondbacks for the second Wild Card spot. Chicago begins a huge three-game series against the Brewers Monday at Wrigley Field and will then travel to Cincinnati for a four-game series against the Reds. Arizona has a difficult stretch coming up this week. They will begin a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers Monday and will then return home for three games against the Baltimore Orioles.

NL Wild Card Standings

Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB L10 STRK
Wild Card Teams W L PCT WCGB L10 STRK
Philadelphia Phillies* 89 72 .553 5.0+ 7-3 L3
Miami Marlins 84 76 .525 0.5+ 6-4 W3
Arizona Diamondbacks 84 77 .522 -- 5-5 L3

We have seen some separation for the teams chasing the final Wild Card spot. The Giants have lost seven of 10 games and are 1.5 games back. The Reds are 5-5 over their last 10 and are also 1.5 games back of the Diamondbacks. The Marlins have continued to swoon in August and are now 3.0 games back of the final Wild Card spot.

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