N.L. Wild Card Standings: St. Louis Holds 2.5 Game Edge

Sunday's 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs was an important one for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not only did the victory clinch a winning season, it kept their lead in the National League Wild Card race at 2.5 games as the season winds to a close.

St. Louis likely will not catch Atlanta, they team they edged last season for the wild card on their way to a World Series title. The Braves are six games ahead of St. Louis for the first wild card with nine games to play. The Cardinals have a 2.5 game lead over Milwaukee and 3.5 game lead over Los Angeles heading into the final full week.


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 88 65 .575 0 Won 2
St. Louis 82 71 .535 6 Won 2
Milwaukee 79 73 .519 8.5 Won 1
Los Angeles 78 74 .513 9.5 Lost 1
Arizona 77 75 .506 10.5 Won 3
Philadelphia 77 76 .503 11 Lost 2
Pittsburgh 75 77 .493 12.5 Won 1
San Diego 73 80 .477 15 Won 1
New York 69 83 .453 18.5 Won 3
Miami 66 87 .431 22 Lost 4
Chicago 59 94 .385 29 Lost 2
Colorado 58 94 .381 29.5 Lost 9
Houston 50 103 .326 38 Lost 1

(updated 9.23.2012 at 10:25 PM EDT)


The schedule is very favorable for St. Louis too, as they have three games at last place Houston before hosting Cincinnati and Washington. Both the Reds and Nationals may have their best playoff position locked up and could rest players as well.

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