The Atlanta Braves began the week 6.5 games behind the NL East leading Washington Nationals, but the team now finds themselves 4.5 games back with nine games left to play, after the Braves took five of their seven games this week.
While Atlanta's odds of winning the NL East division remains slim, the team does have a very comfortable lead on one of the two wild card spots.
National League Wild Card Standings
|St. Louis||82||71||.535||6||Won 2|
|Los Angeles||78||74||.513||9.5||Lost 1|
|San Diego||73||80||.477||15||Won 1|
|New York||69||83||.453||18.5||Won 3|
(updated 9.23.2012 at 5:47 PM PDT)
With a win Sunday afternoon, the Braves magic number is down to just two and the team will have an opportunity to clinch a playoffs berth at home, as the team will play six straight games at home starting Tuesday before closing out the season with a three-game series on the road.