MLB Standings: Braves Well Ahead In Wild Card Race

If the season ended today, the Atlanta Braves would be safely in the playoffs as the first wild card in the NL.

Of course, as Braves fans well know from their spectacular September collapse in 2011, the season doesn't end for a few more weeks.

For now, Atlanta is in excellent shape at 81-60. With the Washington Nationals at 86-54, the NL East crown is probably out of the question, but the St. Louis Cardinals (at 75-65) are the nearest challenger to Atlanta in the wild card race.

But with the addition of the second wild card, the wild card is no longer the prize it once was. All Atlanta will get for being the first wild card is the chance to host a one-game playoff before the start of the divisional series.

The Cardinals are currently 1 game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates and 2.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race to see who would play the Braves in the play-in game.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 81 60 .574 0 Won 5
St. Louis 75 65 .535 5.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 74 67 .524 7 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 72 67 .517 8 Lost 3
Milwaukee 69 71 .492 11.5 Lost 1
Philadelphia 69 71 .492 11.5 Won 4
Arizona 69 72 .489 12 Lost 1
San Diego 66 75 .468 15 Won 1
New York 65 75 .464 15.5 Lost 3
Miami 63 78 .446 18 Won 1
Colorado 56 83 .402 24 Lost 5
Chicago 54 86 .385 26.5 Won 3
Houston 44 96 .314 36.5 Won 1

(updated 9.10.2012 at 8:07 AM EDT)


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