As the MLB regular season heads down the home stretch, the division winners in the National League would appear to be a foregone conclusion.
The Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants all hold strong leads in their respective divisions, although the Atlanta Braves have crept up to within 5.5 games of the Nats in the NL East.
The other seven teams in contention are left to battle it out for the two wild-card spots, and with just two-plus weeks left, it could well be a very entertaining and fierce battle.
Things could also come down to one important factor for each team as well—that one 'wild card' element that could spur each team on in a positive fashion.
Here is the biggest wild-card element for each of the seven National League Wild Card contenders coming down the stretch.