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MLB Standings: Braves 3 back of Nationals with 3 games left

With three games remaining, the Atlanta Braves have clinched at least the National League's first Wild Card spot.

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With just one three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates remaining, the Atlanta Braves have locked up at least the National League's first wild card spot, and remain just inside the cusp of the race for the NL East crown, three games back of the Washington Nationals with three games remaining.

The Nationals will close their season with a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies, and any Washington victory or Atlanta loss would spell the division crown for the Nationals. In that case, the Braves would be assured of one of the league's two wild card spots.

The St. Louis Cardinals, which currently occupy the second wild card spot, have a magic number of two to clinch that position — any combination of two Cardinals victories or Los Angeles Dodgers losses would spell a playoff berth for St. Louis.

Here are the current standings in the NL East:

Team Wins Losses Percentage GB
z-Washington Nationals 96 63 0.604 --
z-Atlanta Braves 93 66 0.585 3
Philadelphia Phillies 80 79 0.503 16
New York Mets 73 86 0.459 23
Miami Marlins 67 92 0.421 29

And for the National League's Wild Card:

Team Wins Losses Percentage GB
z-Atlanta Braves 93 66 0.585 --
St. Louis Cardinals 86 73 0.541 --
Los Angeles Dodgers 84 75 0.528 2
Milwaukee Brewers 81 78 0.509 5
Philadelphia Phillies 80 79 0.503 6
Arizona Diamondbacks 80 79 0.503 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 77 82 0.484 9
San Diego Padres 75 84 0.472 11
New York Mets 73 86 0.459 13
Miami Marlins 67 92 0.421 19
Colorado Rockies 62 97 0.39 24
Chicago Cubs 60 99 0.377 26
Houston Astros 53 106 0.333 33

z-Clinched Playoff Spot

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