Originally Posted by WVRedsFan
This may not be a shock to most of you, but after casually looking at the standing tonight, I discovered that out of the NL's 16 teams only 8 have winning records - Philadelphia, Atlanta, Florida, St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Colorado, and San Francisco. Philly leads the East by 8.5 games, St. Louis leads by 10.5 games, and LA by 5 games. The Wild card is a toss up between Atlanta, Florida, Chicago, Colorado, and SF. What's shocking is that after those eight, no one is doing well unless you consider Milwaukee at 3 over .500 or Houston at 6 over doing well.
On a similar, but possibly related note, I heard a radio analyst point out last night that all 6 division leaders had a minimum 3-game lead on September 1. The only other time that happened under the 6-division format, there wasn't much of a pennant race, as all 6 retained their leads until the start of the playoffs. The Wild Cards could be this year's only exciting races, heading down to the wire.