2012 MLB Standings: Braves Head Into Pivotal Series 5 Back Of Nationals

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 16: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves hits his second home run of the game against the San Diego Padres at Turner Field on August 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves head to Washington for a key N.L. East division matchup trailing the Nationals by five games.

The Atlanta Braves head to Washington for a pivotal series in the National League East race five games back of the Washington Nationals. If the Braves are hoping to keep the pressure on the Nationals then this may be their last chance before they are forced to focus solely on the wild card race.

The Braves come into Monday's series opener having lost two straight to the Dodgers at home. The Nationals have won seven of 10 after taking two out of three from the New York Mets over the weekend.

Here is a look at the current N.L East division standings:


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 75 46 .619 0 Won 1
Atlanta 70 51 .578 5 Lost 2
New York 57 64 .471 18 Lost 1
Philadelphia 56 65 .462 19 Won 2
Miami 55 67 .450 20.5 Lost 1

(updated 8.19.2012 at 7:14 PM EDT)


For more on the Atlanta Braves head over to Talking Chop. For more news and notes from Major League Baseball check out Baseball Nation.

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