Another week in the books around the world of baseball, meaning the release of updated National League standings. As you'll see, Atlanta and Los Angeles are in firm control of their divisions, while the Central is turning into a full-scale battle between three teams.
- Atlanta (76-48, .613, 0 GB)
- Washington (60-63, .488, 15½ GB)
- New York (56-66, .459, 19 GB)
- Philadelphia (54-69, .439, 21½ GB)
- Miami (47-75, .385, 28 GB)
The Braves continue to dominate the East, increasing their lead over Washington. Unless something truly catastrophic happens, it's almost safe to say Atlanta will likely win the division and won't have to worry about a blown call knocking them out of a Wild Card playoff.
- Pittsburgh (72-51, .585, 0 GB)
- St. Louis (71-52, .577, 1 GB)
- Cincinnati (70-54, .565, 2½ GB)
- Milwaukee (54-70, .435, 18½ GB)
- Chicago (53-70, .431, 19 GB)
Pittsburgh is doing their best to hold off the Cardinals, who had a much-needed series win at Wrigley over the weekend, to stay within reach. But the Reds are right on course. The final 39 or 40 games will be very interesting in the Central.
- Los Angeles (72-51, .585, 0 GB)
- Arizona (64-58, .525, 7½ GB)
- Colorado (58-67, .464, 15 GB)
- San Diego (56-68, .452, 16½ GB)
- San Francisco (55-68, .447, 17 GB)
Of the biggest disappoints this year has to be the San Francisco Giants. After winning the World Series last year, they had high hopes of defending that crown this year. But they've been pushed to the side by a surging Dodgers team that has been very interesting to watch this year.
As we inch closer to the end of the year, the Wild Card battles are already heating up. Those standings should be released sometime this week here on Examiner, so keep an eye out for them.