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MLB Standings: Braves Enjoy Healthy Wild Card Lead With 12 Games Remaining

With the 2012 season winding down, the Atlanta Braves continue to lead the National League's Wild Card race, six games clear of the St. Louis Cardinals, who occupy the league's second Wild Card slot.

With two Wild Card spots available for the first time, the Braves are 8.5 games ahead of the line for a playoff spot with 12 games remaining on Atlanta's schedule. In the NL East race, the Braves are 5.5 games back of the Washington Nationals, who clinched a playoff spot with their victory on Thursday night.

Here are the NL East standings:

W L Pct GB Streak
Washington Nationals 91 58 .611 -- Won 1
Atlanta Braves 86 64 .573 5.5 Won 1
Philadelphia Phillies 76 74 .507 15.5 Won 3
New York Mets 66 83 .443 25 Lost 5
Miami Marlins 66 84 .440 25.5 Lost 1

And the Wild Card standings:

W L Pct GB Streak
Atlanta Braves 86 64 .573 -- Won 1
St. Louis Cardinals 80 70 .533 -- Won 4
Milwaukee Brewers 77 72 .517 2.5 Won 5
Los Angeles Dodgers 77 73 .513 3 Lost 1
Philadelphia Phillies 76 74 .507 4 Won 3
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 75 .497 5.5 Lost 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 74 75 .497 5.5 Lost 1
San Diego Padres 72 78 .480 8 Won 1
New York Mets 66 83 .443 13.5 Lost 5
Miami Marlins 66 84 .440 14 Lost 1
Colorado Rockies 58 91 .389 21.5 Lost 6
Chicago Cubs 58 92 .387 22 Lost 4
Houston Astros 48 102 .320 32 Lost 3

Check out the full MLB playoff picture and standings here.

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