The NL West is a two horse race with the LA Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are tied for the 3rd best ERA in baseball part to the almighty Clayton Kershaw. Not to mention Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett and Dan Haren to back him up. The Dodgers have a 2.5 game lead and I don't believe they will cough that up.
The two teams that are really headed in the wrong direction are the Oakland Athletics and Milwaukee Brewers. The Athletics are 3-7 in their last ten while the Brewers are 2-8. The Athletics are batting .235 over their last six games while the pitching staff has posted a 2.66 ERA. If the bats don't pick up, Oakland with be in deep shit.
The Brew Crew have the opposite problem. Over their last eight games their pitcher have posted a 4.44 ERA and a .278 batting average against. Milwaukee's pitching is getting buried and as mentioned earlier have to play the Pirates and Cardinals on the road down the stretch.
On The Fence
The Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves are the two teams that could be left out. Seattle is 11 games out of their division race while the Braves are eight games out. It's Wild Card or bust for these two teams.
Seattle has a tough road to making the playoffs despite only being a half game out. They have 14 of their last 17 games against teams with a winning record. It doesn't look like their .218 September batting average will do the trick, but their MLB leading 3.01 team ERA doesn't hurt.
The Braves will have to show all their cards when the Pirates come to town on September 22-25th. This team will need to heat up here in September to keep their chances alive.
AL East- Baltimore
AL Central- Detroit
AL West- Angels
WC: Royals & Seattle
NL East- Washington
NL Central- Cardinals
NL West- Dodgers
WC: Pittsburgh & Atlanta