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MLB Standings: Braves maintain hold on division lead

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Atlanta is still on top in the NL East but a lot of their cushion is gone following a 2-5 trip.

Divisional Series - St Louis Cardinals v Atlanta Braves - Game Two Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves salvaged a series split in their series against the Colorado Rockies with a big 9-2 win Sunday afternoon. They finished their seven-game western trip with a 2-5 record and saw their lead in the NL East cut to just two games over the Philadelphia Phillies. Also lurking are the New York Mets who have suddenly won seven of ten to climb back above the .500 mark. New York will enter play Monday 3.5 games back.

National League East

Braves 72-64 (.529), —
Phillies 70-66 (.515), 2.0 GB
Mets 69-68 (.504), 3.5 GB

The Braves have Labor Day off and will begin a crucial nine-game home stand with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals Tuesday. Atlanta has three games against the Nationals, three against the Marlins and then three against the Rockies following an off day all at Truist Park. All three of those teams are well below .500 on the season and the Braves will need to pad their lead before they head back out west for a trip that will take them to San Francisco, Arizona and San Diego.

Philadelphia has also won seven of ten and avoided a sweep at the hands of the Marlins with a 4-3 win in extra innings. They will head north to Milwaukee where they will begin a three-game series against the central leading Brewers Monday before returning home for a four-game series against the Rockies. Philadelphia has won all four matchups with Milwaukee this season.

The Mets will wrap up their series against the Nationals with an afternoon game Monday and will then head to Miami for a three game series. New York has gone 6-6 against the Marlins so far this season. From there they will return home where they wrap up the week with a three-game series against the Yankees.

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 and have already done so in the division.

Win Division
Braves: 66.4%
Phillies: 25.4%
Mets: 8.1 %

Win Wild Card
Braves: 3.9%
Phillies: 6.2%
Mets: 2.5%

NL Wild Card

Dodgers/Giants 86-50 (.632), —
Padres 73-64 (.529), —
Reds 73-65 (.529) 0.5 GB
Phillies 70-66 (.515) 2.5, GB
Cardinals 69-66 (.511), 3.0 GB
Mets 69-68 (.504), 4.0 GB

The Dodgers and Giants entered Sunday tied atop the NL West standings and are currently wrapping up a three-game series on Sunday Night Baseball. They are irrelevant to this discussion as both are going to the postseason. The Padres moved ahead of the Reds for the final Wild Card spot with a walk-off win over the Astros Sunday. Cincinnati is just a half game back while the Phillies are 2.5 behind.