The final month of baseball is in full swing, and divisional races are starting to get very interesting. Unfortunately for three teams, their hopes of a division title have well...struck out. Let's take a look at the updated National League standings, entering play on Monday evening.
- Atlanta (85-57, .599, 0 GB)
- Washington (73-69, .514, 12 GB)
- Philadelphia (66-77, .462, 19½ GB)
- New York (64-77, .454, 20½ GB)
- Miami (53-88, .376, 31½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
It's a foregone conclusion that the Atlanta Braves are going to be NL East Champions, a title they know all too well. A lot of people however, had higher hopes for the Nationals. They're just nine games away from being eliminated from the divisional race, something the Marlins have already fallen victim to.
- St. Louis (83-60, .580, 0 GB)
- Pittsburgh (81-61, .570, 1½ GB)
- Cincinnati (82-62, .569, 1½ GB)
- Milwaukee (62-80, .437, 20½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Chicago (60-82, .423, 22½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
It's arguably the hottest race in baseball, but Pittsburgh didn't help their own cause by getting swept in St. Louis this weekend. That turned the division upside down and allowed Cincinnati to gain a little ground in the process. They're the only teams in the race now, as the Brewers and Cubs are officially planning for next season with their eliminations.
- Los Angeles (83-59, .585, 0 GB)
- Arizona (72-70, .507, 11 GB)
- Colorado (66-78, .458, 18 GB)
- San Diego (65-77, .458, 18 GB)
- San Francisco (64-79, .448, 19½ GB)
The Dodgers got a wakeup call over the weekend, after getting swept in Cincinnati. But it didn't have much effect with the sizable lead they currently have over the Diamondbacks. Like Atlanta, it's pretty well set that the Dodgers will claim their division and they're just waiting on the next week or two to play out.
With just a game and a half separating the top three NL Central teams, it's anybody's game in that division. It is definitely going to be a shootout heading down the final stretch.