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Atlanta Braves (92-63)
For the first time since 2005, the Braves have secured an NL East title. They enter the regular season's final week with the best record in the National League.
With seven remaining games—all at Turner Field—against the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta shouldn't have much trouble nailing down home-field advantage throughout the NLCS.
Boston Red Sox (95-62)
Boston can beat you in several different ways, excelling on the mound, at the plate, in the field and on the bases. Not surprisingly, baseball's most complete team owns its highest winning percentage.
The AL East champs—now 20-7 in their past 27 games—hope to get speedster Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup on Wednesday, according to Brian MacPherson of The Providence Journal.
Los Angeles Dodgers (90-66)
L.A. has been taking it easy down the stretch after dominating during July and August.
The Dodgers have an extraordinarily deep pitching staff, and they're hoping that a healthy Matt Kemp can serve as another productive bat. They were the first MLB team to pop the champagne after locking up the NL West title on Sept. 19.
After resting on Monday, their final opponents will be the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies.
Oakland Athletics (93-63)
Josh Donaldson and Jed Lowrie are thriving in their first full major league seasons. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp have found their power strokes at an ideal time. The biggest challenge for manager Bob Melvin might be in deciding which of his many effective position players to squeeze onto the playoff roster.
Unlike last summer, the A's obtained the 2013 AL West crown with a couple of series to spare.
St. Louis Cardinals (91-65)
The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates still have life in the NL Central race, but the Birds have clinched one of the Senior Circuit's five playoff berths. They own the NL's best run-differential, largely because of their ability to capitalize with runners in scoring position.
However, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, St. Louis has concerns about both slugger Allen Craig and closer Edward Mujica.