Two series could shape the National League playoff picture

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The National League could see a bit of a shakeup from what would be its current postseason should the season have ended yesterday. Here’s the way that would be…

NL #1: Washington Nationals (69-53, .566)
NL #2: Milwaukee Brewers (70-55, .560)
NL #3: Los Angeles Dodgers (70-56, .556)
NL WC #1: St. Louis Cardinals (66-57, .537)
NL WC #2: Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves (64-60, .516)

But we all know there’s still 35+ games remaining. A lot can change of the next few weeks, but some races are starting to take form. The NL East appears to be the Nationals race to lose as they sit a full six games ahead of Atlanta. Sure, the Braves swept the A’s, but the Nationals look like they have no intention on slowing down.

And one might be shocked seeing that Milwaukee would be hosting a NLDS series. After their weekend sweep at Dodger Stadium, I’m left wondering if they would prefer playing all of those games in LA.

On to business…

One series features the two teams currently locked in a battle for the NL’s second Wild Card spot (Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The other series, St. Louis and Cincinnati, could see one preseason hopeful (Cincinnati) lose all hope should they not achieve a positive outcome.

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