Around The Diamond: A Look At The Rest Of The National League

By Matthew Hochberg

Yasiel Puig’s emergence has provided a huge spark in the Dodgers lineup. Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

With just 24 games left of the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ (70-68) playoff chances are looking slim. They are 12.5 games out of first place in the National League West, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers and trail the Cincinnati Reds (78-62) by 7 games for the second and final wild-card spot. Yet, here at Venom Strikes, we just love baseball, regardless of how “our” teams are doing. Let’s take a look at the rest of the National League.

NL East:

The Atlanta Braves are very good and everyone else, is, well, pretty much mediocre – at best. With a record of 85-54,  the Braves have the best record in all of baseball and lead the Washington Nationals (71-68) by 14 games for first place in the division. The New York Mets are in third place with an impressive record (for them)! of 64-75. Following NY, the Philadelphia Phillies are having a disappointing year with a 63-77 record and the Miami Marlins (52-86) have the worst record in the MLB (though it should not count as the worst – the Houston Astros are a minor league team, more or less).

NL Central: 

For the first time since 1992 the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a winning season. Currently, they sit at 81-58 and lead the St. Louis Cardinals (80-59) by 1 game. The Reds are still in the mix, and trail the Pirates by 3.5 games.

NL West: 

As I previously mentioned, the Dodgers have this division locked up, barring any miracles in Arizona. Since the All-Star break, LA has gone 36-9.  If they reach 100 wins, that would mean they would have went 70-20 in their last 90 games, something that has never been done in baseball history by any franchise.