Two weeks remain in the regular season, and one division in the National League is still up in the air. Two teams are tied for the league and a third team is knocking on the door, so let's take a look at the standings heading into Monday's games.
- Atlanta (89-60, .597, 0 GB)
- Washington (79-70, .530, 10 GB)
- Philadelphia (69-80, .463, 20 GB -- ELIMINATED)
- New York (67-82, .450, 22 GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Miami (55-94, .369 34 GB -- ELIMINATED)
As it's bee noted for some time, the Atlanta Braves are essentially the uncrowned NL East Champions. four games separate them from their 12th NL East title and 17th overall division title as a franchise. As a note, Monday's game at Washington has been postponed and reset as a Tuesday double-header due to the Navy yard shooting that took place earlier in the day.
- T - Pittsburgh (87-62, .584, 0 GB)
- T - St. Louis (87-62, .584, 0 GB)
- Cincinnati (84-66, .560, 3½ GB)
- Milwaukee (65-83, .439, 21½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Chicago (63-86, .423, 24 GB -- ELIMINATED)
It's officially the closest race in baseball, as there is a tie at the top of the division and Cincinnati hot on their heels. Being just 3½ games back, the Reds could easily make this week very interesting for the Cardinals and Pirates.
- Los Angeles (86-63, .577, 0 GB)
- Arizona (75-73, .507, 10½ GB)
- San Francisco (69-81, .460, 17½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
- San Diego (68-80, .459, 17½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
- Colorado (68-82, .453, 18½ GB -- ELIMINATED)
It's similar to the NL East, as the Dodgers are just awaiting the crowning of being division champions. It also slams the door on the San Francisco Giants, who will not be defending their World Series title.
The NL Central will provide an entertaining week, as the Pirates and Cardinals will try to one-up each other while trying to hold off the Reds. Keep your eye on what should be a photo finish in that division.