As shown in the following table, some of the other wild-card contenders have experienced recent streaks that have either strengthened or weakened their playoff prospects.
|St. Louis||77-70||Lost 8 of 10 (Sept. 5-15)|
|L.A. Dodgers||76-71||Lost 8 of last 11|
|Milwaukee||74-72||Won 20 of last 26|
|Pittsburgh||73-72||Lost 25 of last 35|
|Philadelphia||73-74||Won 15 of 19 (Aug. 23-Sept. 12),
but lost 3 of 4 in Houston this wkd
Of the teams listed above, the one threatening to make the most dramatic comeback is (or perhaps "was") Philadelphia. The Phillies occupied last place in the NL East until mid-August and were "sellers" at the trading deadline (i.e., trying to build for the future rather than win now), trading away outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. However, any team whose pitching staff includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels can win games, and that's exactly what Philadelphia did. Losing 3 of 4 to lowly Houston this weekend has put a serious dent in the Phillies' playoff hopes, though.
Over in the right-hand column,you can vote in a poll regarding who you think will grab the second NL wild-card slot (assuming Atlanta wins the first one). You can examine the contending teams' remaining schedules here.