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MLB Standings: Braves strengthen their hold on NL East

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Atlanta needs to finish their homestand strong.

Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves Photo by Adam Hagy/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves outlasted the Washington Nationals Thursday night to come away with a 7-6 win in 10 innings. They improved to 2-1 on their current nine-game homestand and picked up a game on the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets in the NL East standings. The Braves currently have a 3.5 game lead over the Phillies and a 5.0 game advantage over the Mets entering play Friday.

National League East

Braves 74-65 (.529), —
Phillies 71-69 (.515), 3.5 GB
Mets 70-71 (.496), 5.0 GB

The Braves will continue their homestand with a three-game set with the Miami Marlins over the weekend. The Marlins just took two of three from the Mets and have won four of their last five series overall. Atlanta is 9-7 against Miami this season. After an off day Monday, they will host the Rockies for three games before heading out on an 11-game, 10-day trip out west.

The Phillies dropped two of three to the Brewers and then returned home where they saw a 2-1 lead slip away in the ninth inning in a 4-3 loss to the Rockies Thursday. They have three more games with Colorado before the Cubs arrive for a three-game series next week.

The Mets dropped two of three to the Marlins falling 3-2 Thursday. They will return home Friday where they will begin a nine-game home stand at Citi Field with a three-game series against the Yankees. The Cardinals and the Phillies will wrap up the homestand next week.

Playoff Odds

FanGraphs latest playoff odds have the Braves still as the favorite to win the division but as you can see from the graph above, things can change quickly. Still Atlanta’s odds to win the division are up to 79.6% from 66.4% at the start of the Nationals series.

Win Division
Braves: 79.6%
Phillies: 16.9%
Mets: 3.5%

Make Playoffs
Braves: 81.7%
Phillies: 21.9%
Mets: 4.5%

NL Wild Card

Dodgers 88-53 (.624), —
Padres 74-65 (.532), —
Reds 74-67 (.525) 1.0 GB
Cardinals 71-68 (.511), 3.0 GB
Phillies 71-69 (.507) 3.5, GB
Mets 70-71 (.496), 5.0 GB

The Giants have opened up a 2.5 game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. Los Angeles currently holds a 13.0 game advantage in the Wild Card standings so their place in the postseason is assured. The Padres currently hold the second wild card spot after going 6-4 over their last 10. The Reds have lost seven of 10 and have fallen a game back of San Diego.