We have reached the final week of regular season baseball, and the Atlanta Braves are once again NL East Champions. Over the weekend, they claimed their first division title since 2005, and are set to make a serious run in October. Here's how the rest of the NL sits on this final week.
- Atlanta (92-63, .594, Division Champion)
- Washington (84-72, .538, ELIMINATED)
- New York (71-84, .458, ELIMINATED)
- Philadelphia (71-84, .458, ELIMINATED)
- Miami (57-99, .365, ELIMINATED)
It's be the running theme of the year, the Atlanta Braves have simply dominated the NL East. After making moves to put the Upton brothers in the outfield and reestablish their pitiching rotation, the Braves haven't looked back.
- St. Louis (91-65, .583, 0 GB)
- Cincinnati (89-67, .571, 2 GB)
- Pittsburgh (89-67, .571, 2 GB)
- Milwakee (69-86, .445, ELIMINATED)
- Chicago (65-91, .417, ELIMINATED)
As we hit the final stretch of games, St. Louis could possibly emerge from the NL Central battlefield as division champions. However that two game lead that separates them from the Reds and Pirates can just as easily be erased. Either way, we at least know we'll be seeing the Cards next week. Keep your eyes on this race over the next few days.
- Los Angeles (90-66, .577, Division Champion)
- Arizona (79-76, .510, ELIMINATED)
- San Diego (72-83, .465, ELIMINATED)
- San Francisco (72-84, .462, ELIMINATED)
- Colorado (71-86, .452, ELIMINATED)
The Dodgers were the first of three teams entering play on Monday to have claimed a division title. After what has been a controversial year that started off looking very bleak, Don Mattingly has managed to save his job as manager and lead the Dodgers to the postseason.
Over the final week, that NL Central race is going to be very tight. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals can hang on, or if they will need to depend on a Wild Card berth to advance to the playoffs next week.