The National League is slowly turning upside down, at least in the Central. The East and West seem to be on total lockdown, as we take a look at the NL standings after the games on September 1 have finished.
- Atlanta (83-53, .610, 0 GB)
- Washington (68-67, .504, 14½ GB)
- New York (62-72, .463, 20 GB)
- Philadephia (62-75, .453, 21½ GB)
- Miami (50-85, .370, 32½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
So the official magic number for Atlanta opens up on Labor Day at 13 games. Which means they'll roughly have their division wrapped up a good week before anybody else checks in. There is a canyon's distance between the Braves and Nationals, with 14½ games between the two. Needless to say, Sunday night's home loss to the Marlins has zero negative effect at this point. Especially seeing as the Marlins have washed up on the elimination shore, and now are just trying to get out of the season in one piece.
- T- Pittsburgh (79-57, .581, 0 GB)
- T- St. Louis (79-57, .581, 0 GB)
- Cincinnati (76-61, .555, 3½ GB)
- Milwaukee (59-77, .434, 20 GB)
- Chicago (58-78, .426, 21 GB)
All attention in the National League is firmly focused in the Central, as the Pirates and Cardinals will head into Labor Day deadlocked in a first-place tie. They still have the Reds in their somewhat immediate rear view, but otherwise no other competition. The Brewers and Cubs will be voted off the playoff contention island sometime before mid-September.
- Los Angeles (81-55, .596, 0 GB)
- Arizona (69-66, .511, 11½ GB)
- Colorado (65-73, .471, 17 GB)
- San Francisco (61-75, .449, 20 GB)
- San Diego (60-76, .441, 21 GB)
It's been a roller coaster year in the wild NL West, but Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers have managed to settle things down and leave everyone the dust. After sweeping the Padres over the holiday weekend, the Dodgers have opened up an 11½ game lead over the Diamondbacks. Amazing how things can just completely spin out of control over the course of a month.
The Braves and Dodgers have all but wrapped up their divisions, barring a catastrophic meltdown in the final four weeks. The Central will be the most talked about division going into the final stretch, so don't fall asleep on Cincinnati. While the Bucs and Cards are battling, the Reds could easily walk by them and steal the division.