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National League Review

September 24, 2012

As stated in a recent post, both the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants clinched divisional titles on the same day. Meanwhile the Washington Nationals, who have already clinched the first post season appearance for a Washington D.C. baseball team since 1933, have a four and a half game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Nationals have 10 games left while the Braves, who are almost certain to at least host the wild card playoff game, have nine games remaining.

The Braves have a 6 game lead over the Cardinals for the home wild card spot. In turn, the Cardinals lead the Milwaukee Brewers by two and a half games (just 2 in the loss column) for playoff qualification. The Cardinals won all three at home vs the (50-103) Houston Astros and then won the final two games at Wrigley Field in Chicago vs the Cubs. The Cubs had tied the series opener with a 2 out, 2 run home run by Darwin Barney, before winning the game in the home 11th inning. But the Cardinals bounced back in the next 2 and likely will be in post season as a wild card team for the second straight year

The Nationals lead the Reds by a half game (the teams are even in the loss column) for the NL top seed. The Nationals own the tiebreaker. Thus if the two teams tie the Nationals would be seeded ahead of the Reds.

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