MLB Standings: Idle Braves Fall To 5.5 Games Back Of Washington Nationals

Before starting their three-game set with the San Diego Padres, the Atlanta Braves had Thursday off. The Braves were certainly tuned in, however, as the Washington Nationals topped the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1, which had ramifications in both the National League Wild Card and East races.

The Braves fell to 5.5 games back of the Nationals in the NL East chase, but continue to hold the top spot in the Wild Card race in the National League, as the Cardinals fell to 3 games back of the Braves in the still playoff-bound second spot. The Pirates are 3.5 games back of the Braves, on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Here is the picture in the National League East:

NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 79 51 .604 0 Won 2
Atlanta 74 57 .565 5.5 Lost 1
Philadelphia 62 69 .473 17.5 Won 1
New York 61 70 .466 18.5 Lost 1
Miami 59 72 .450 20.5 Lost 1

(updated 8.30.2012 at 8:54 PM PDT)

And for the NL Wild Card:

National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 74 57 .565 0 Lost 1
St. Louis 71 60 .542 3 Lost 3
Pittsburgh 70 60 .538 3.5 Won 2
Los Angeles 70 61 .534 4 Won 1
Arizona 64 67 .489 10 Lost 6
Milwaukee 62 68 .477 11.5 Lost 1
Philadelphia 62 69 .473 12 Won 1
New York 61 70 .466 13 Lost 1
San Diego 61 71 .462 13.5 Won 1
Miami 59 72 .450 15 Lost 1
Colorado 53 76 .411 20 Lost 1
Chicago 50 80 .385 23.5 Won 1
Houston 40 91 .305 34 Lost 5

(updated 8.30.2012 at 8:54 PM PDT

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