With a 9-game lead, Montreal has it all but wrapped up, but the Cubbies have a firm grip on the first wild card spot.
Key series: Cubs @ Cardinals, 4 games starting tomorrow night. A Cards series win could tighten up the wild card picture even more.
D.C. leads the Mets by 3 and the Phillies by 5.
Schedules: All three teams have all their remaining games with .500+ teams...this might come down to the last series of the season, when the Nationals visit the Mets for 3.
Atlanta has a comfy 7-game lead over St. Louis. The Cards are a game out of the 2nd wild card at the moment, and Houston is only within miracle range.
Key stretch: The Cardinals have against Philly, Chicago and Atlanta...if they can hang in through that stretch they get a relative break in Florida for the last series.
The Pads are 3 up on the Dodgers and 5 up on the Diamondbacks in another 3-contender division. L.A. is sitting in the #2 wild card at the moment but there are 4 teams within 3 games.
Key series: the current 4-gamer against Montreal. L.A. dropped the opener and needs to come back strong to hold onto the #6 seed.
Cubbies have the upper hand for now, but this looks like it'll change day-to-day until the last game.
Cubs: best schedule of the bunch, wtih 3 more against Florida and a season-ending series with Cincy.
Dodgers: 2 with teams over .500, 2 with teams under
Cards: 3 teams over .500, 1 under
Mets: 3 teams over .500, 1 under
Diamondbacks: 2 teams over .500, 2 teams under
Phillies: 3 teams over .500, 1 under