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N.L. Wild Card Standings: Pirates 1.5 Games Back With Struggling Cubs Up Next

The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves 1.5 games back in the race for the final NL Wild Card slot, but can take advantage of another easy series this weekend against the Cubs.

The Bucs gained a game on Wednesday night, earning a series victory against the hapless Astros while St. Louis and Los Angeles both lost, pulling the Pirates into a tie with the Dodgers and bringing them a game closer to the Cardinals. All three teams are in action this weekend, but Pittsburgh has the easiest matchup: after taking on the last-place Astros, they now move on to the second-to-last-place Cubs, who were just swept by Washington. Meanwhile, St. Louis has a respectable Milwaukee squad on the docket, while Los Angeles has to take on the NL West leaders in San Francisco. If all goes well, Pittsburgh could pull into the Wild Card lead this weekend, although they'd be very happy to cut the deficit to half a game while gaining a game on the Dodgers.

Here's a look at the full Wild Card standings:


National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Atlanta 78 60 .565 0 Won 2
St. Louis 74 63 .540 3.5 Lost 1
Pittsburgh 72 64 .529 5 Won 2
Los Angeles 73 65 .528 5 Lost 2
Arizona 68 70 .492 10 Won 2
Milwaukee 67 70 .489 10.5 Lost 1
Philadelphia 66 71 .481 11.5 Won 1
New York 65 72 .474 12.5 Won 1
San Diego 64 74 .463 14 Won 2
Miami 61 77 .442 17 Won 1
Colorado 56 80 .411 21 Lost 2
Chicago 51 86 .372 26.5 Lost 6
Houston 42 95 .306 35.5 Lost 2

(updated 9.7.2012 at 10:21 AM CDT)


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