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MLB Standings: Braves Gain Ground In NL East

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

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 88 65 .575 0 Won 2
St. Louis 82 71 .535 6 Won 2
Milwaukee 79 73 .519 8.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 78 74 .513 9.5 Lost 1
Arizona 77 75 .506 10.5 Won 3
Philadelphia 77 76 .503 11 Lost 2
Pittsburgh 75 77 .493 12.5 Won 1
San Diego 73 80 .477 15 Won 1
New York 69 83 .453 18.5 Won 3
Miami 66 87 .431 22 Lost 4
Chicago 59 94 .385 29 Lost 2
Colorado 58 94 .381 29.5 Lost 9
Houston 50 103 .326 38 Lost 1

(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.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more in-depth coverage, head over to Braves blog Talking Chop. And for more news, notes and analysis from around the league, visit Baseball Nation.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.