The Atlanta Braves had a good shot at the Wild Card heading into the weekend, but two straight wins ahead of their Sunday series finale against the division-leading Washington Nationals have made their place in the postseason all but assured. The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and will only face the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates for the remainder of the season.
Even if they don't catch up to the Nationals in the division, the Braves have one of the two Wild Card berths well in hand. The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for the second spot, but four other teams are hot on their heels.
In the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds have all but run off and hid with their 11.5 game lead. The NL West seems to be well in hand for the San Francisco Giants, who have a 7.5 game lead on the Dodgers. Sports Illustrated has a complete look at the standings.
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