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Sifting Through the Crowded National League Playoff Race

Odubel Herrera

Do Odubel Herrera and the Phillies have staying-power in the NL East race? Credit: Bill Streicher/USA today

With the non-waiver trade deadline now past, the run to the MLB Playoffs is set to heat up. The one general characteristic that stood out from this year’s trade deadline has to be the shear number of teams that sought to make upgrades to their rosters. Looking at the National League in particular, the number of teams with a realistic chance to reach the postseason is much greater than is typical by the time August arrives. The NL fails to have any teams that really stand out as a tier above the competition, like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros do in the American League. This allows the bunched up field of playoff contenders to be possible.

So who should you take seriously or brush aside as pretenders? Who might pull a surprise and rise to the occasion down the stretch? Here’s a breakdown of all 11 National League teams still carrying 2018 playoff aspirations.

*Records updated through August 2nd*

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