MLB Standings: Braves still have faint chance at NL East crown

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Atlanta Braves need to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates, and need the Washington Nationals to be swept, in order to force a 163rd game to decide the NL East champion.

Though it's a longshot, the Atlanta Braves still have an outside chance of capturing the NL East crown, as the season enters its final three games.

The Braves need to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates, and need the Philadelphia Phillies to sweep the Washington Nationals just to force a tie atop the NL East standings. Should that occur, the two teams will face off on Thursday to determine the NL East champion, with the loser playing in the wild card round.


NL East Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Washington 96 63 .603 0 Lost 1
Atlanta 93 66 .584 3 Won 2
Philadelphia 80 79 .503 16 Won 2
New York 73 86 .459 23 Lost 2
Miami 67 92 .421 29 Lost 2

(updated 10.1.2012 at 5:26 PM EDT)


Even if the Braves are unable to match the Nationals in the final three games, they'll still host at least one playoff game, as they'll take on the winner of the second wild card -- either the St. Louis Cardinals, or Los Angeles Dodgers.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 93 66 .584 0 Won 2
St. Louis 86 73 .540 7 Won 1
Los Angeles 84 75 .528 9 Won 5
Milwaukee 81 78 .509 12 Lost 1
Arizona 80 79 .503 13 Lost 1
Philadelphia 80 79 .503 13 Won 2
Pittsburgh 77 82 .484 16 Lost 1
San Diego 75 84 .471 18 Lost 1
New York 73 86 .459 20 Lost 2
Miami 67 92 .421 26 Lost 2
Colorado 62 97 .389 31 Lost 3
Chicago 60 99 .377 33 Won 1
Houston 53 106 .333 40 Won 1

(updated 10.1.2012 at 5:27 PM EDT)


The Cardinals can clinch the second wild card with a win on Monday, coupled with a Dodgers loss.

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