The National League already knew who two of their three division winners were as of Tuesday: the Giants in the West and the Reds in the Central. The Nationals have clinched a playoff spot, although they are yet to secure the top spot in the East.
Two wild card spots were open as of yesterday, but that changed as Freddie Freeman's walk-off homer propelled the Braves to a 4-3 win and a playoff birth. Atlanta sits four games back of the Nationals in the NL East with eight games to play.
As for the second wild card spot, a look at Sports Illustrated's updated standings show the St. Louis Cardinals hold a 4 1/2 game lead over the Dodgers and Brewers. The Cardinals won their game on Tuesday, but both L.A. and Milwaukee lost and dropped yet another game back. Barring a collapse from St. Louis it appears they will be one of the two wild card teams.
In the American League, the Yankees hold a 1 1/2 game lead over the Orioles and a five-game lead over the Rays. The White Sox and Tigers are tied for the Central division lead with 82-72 records. The Rangers hold a four-game lead over the Athletics and a six-game lead over the Angels in the West.
Here is a complete look at the AL wild card standings:
American League Wild Card Standings
|Los Angeles||85||69||.551||2.5||Won 4|
|Tampa Bay||84||70||.545||3.5||Lost 2|
|Kansas City||70||84||.454||17.5||Lost 3|
(updated 9.25.2012 at 10:50 PM MST)