The Brewers. They are surging instead of sliding, partying in St. Louis over the weekend after winning two of three against the division-leading Cardinals thanks to a ninth-inning grand slam by Ryan Braun on Sunday.
They have won nine of 10 and six of seven since MVP candidate Christian Yelich broke his kneecap, ending his season. Things are tight because of their run. Just two weeks remain in the regular season.
So, here's where things stand overall:
- Chicago is 1 ½ games behind the Nationals for the top wild-card spot.
- Milwaukee is 2 ½ games behind the Nationals and just a game behind the Cubs. Those three teams mark a breaking point in the standings.
- The Mets are four games behind the Cubs for the second wild-card spot and 5 ½ behind the Nationals.
- Philadelphia is six games behind the Nationals and 4 ½ games behind Chicago after back-to-back losses to end the weekend.
Fivethirtyeight.com puts the Nationals chances of making the postseason at 93 percent.
Coming up Monday:
San Diego at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m., Richards (5-4, 3.66 ERA) vs. Davies (9-7, 3.77)
Washington at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m., Strasburg (17-6, 3.49) vs. D. Hudson (15-7, 3.38)
Cincinnati at Chicago, 8:05 p.m., Gausman (3-8, 5.83) vs. Hamels (7-7, 3.89)
New York Mets at Colorado, Matz (10-8, 3,84) vs. Senzatela (9-10, 6.87)
Philadelphia is off.
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Brewers unlikely run continues to shrink wild-card gap with Nationals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington