As of Christmas day, the NL East standings are as follows:
Rk Tm W L W-L%
1 PHI 72 38 .655
2 ATL 55 53 .509
3 FLA 55 55 .500
4 NYM 53 56 .486
The Washington Nationals were leading the division by six games when they took on the Braves in Atlanta. They were a game away from clinching the division and a playoff spot, with two games left to play. The Nats lost and are now one game up on Atlanta with only one game to play.
A week ago, tonight’s tilt against the Marlins looked like it would be meaningless. But a sweep of the Fish and a 2-2 split with Atlanta has made this final game of the season matter to both teams.
The Braves lost their first seven games this month, but have won six of their last seven. Six games back on September 8th, they’ve pulled even with the Nats heading into tonight’s game in Philadelphia.
The Phillies are not officially eliminated yet, but they need to win tonight and hope that both the Nats and Braves lose for them to avoid elimination.
Philadelphia Phillies – 83-79 (4th)
Atlanta Braves – 86-76 (2nd)
New York Mets – 88-74 (1st)
Florida Marlins – 89-73 (3rd)
Washington Nationals – 59-103 (5th)
Washington Nationals – 9-5
Philadelphia Phillies – 8-6
Atlanta Braves – 7-7
New York Mets – 6-8
Miami Marlins – 5-9
The Florida Marlins’ improbable run to a World Series championship in 2003 was one of the greatest stories in recent sports history.
The Marlins were left for dead on Memorial Day, when they fell 15 games under .500 and were nine games back in the National League wild-card race. But after going 52-26 over the last three months of the season, the Marlins began the playoffs as a wild card and won eight consecutive games to capture their second World Series title.
The Marlins finished with a payroll of $54 million last year, which ranked 19th in baseball and less than half that of the New York Yankees ($112 million), who dominated the American League.
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