Washington Nationals (70-47) 1st Place
Record for the Week: 4-2
After another top notch week from the NL East leaders, it’s fair to say that the Nationals have all but clinched their division. It looks as though Dusty Baker’s team has redeemed itself of it’s disappointing 2015 season. As of now, the Nationals look to be the most suitable team to take down the Cubs in what is sure to be an exciting postseason. This week the Nationals split a two game series with the Indians and took two of three from the last place Braves. There are two months left, but the Nats have built more than a comfortable lead.
Miami Marlins (62-56) 8.5 Games Back
Record for the Week: 3-3
It was another mediocre week for the Marlins who have fallen a fair bit behind the Nationals at this point. Their postseason hopes now rest on their race with the Cardinals and Pirates for the last wild card spot. The good news is that they have a series against the Pirates coming up this week. The Marlins have lost eight of their last 13 games, they’ll have to right the ship if they want to bring postseason baseball back to Miami.
New York Mets (59-59) 11.5 Games Back
Record for the Week: 2-5
The Mets have proven to be one of the Major’s most unimpressive contenders since the All-Star break. It’s not entirely fair to say that the team is a disappointment considering the injuries to David Wright, Lucas Duda and Matt Harvey, but for a team with two Cy Young contenders, it’s fair to say that we expected more than a .500 record on August 16. They have a chance to prove the doubters wrong, as they’ll face the Giants and the Cardinals next week.
Philadelphia Phillies (56-63) 15 Games Back
Record for the Week: 4-1
The Phillies, on the other hand, have done their part to right the ship in the second half, as they’ve proven 2016 to be a productive rebuilding year for the team. After losing two out of three to the Dodgers, the team bounced back by sweeping the Rockies at home over the weekend. Now they’ll welcome the Dodgers once again. While the Phillies’ postseason hopes are all but dashed, it’s a promising sign to see the worst team from 2015 with a .471 winning percentage a year later.
Atlanta Braves (44-74) 26.5 Games Back
Record for the Week: 2-4
The Braves’ hot streak came to an end this week, as they failed to take the final two games against the Brewers and then lost the final two games of a three game set to the Nationals. All in all, the team went .500 on a ten game road trip. Not bad for the league’s worst team. The Braves have failed to move veterans such as Erick Aybar, AJ Pierzinski, and Jim Johnson to this point. It looks as though the team has no intention of falling off down the stretch the way they did in 2015.