|San Francisco Giants
*The Brewers currently lead their division, but they were included here in place of the St. Louis Cardinals after St. Louis was predicted to win the NL Central.
Similar to the AL wild-card picture, it looks like whoever doesn't win the NL Central division has a great chance of at least securing one of the wild-card spots. With the St. Louis Cardinals predicted to win the division, that leaves the Milwaukee Brewers firmly entrenched in the No. 1 spot.
The No. 2 spot, however, may be the most wide-open race of any, with four teams separated by 2.5 games in the standings and the Cincinnati Reds lurking on the periphery.
The Reds and Pirates have both struggled of late, and they have the disadvantage of playing in a division that features four legitimate contenders that are set to beat up on each other over the final month, so making up ground in the wild-card race could be tough.
That's reason enough for me to think the other three teams vying for that second slot have a better chance, as the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and surprise Miami Marlins will battle it out for a playoff spot.
The Marlins have been by far the hottest team of that group, going 19-12 since the All-Star break and 10-7 this month.
"What once seemed so far fetched is now clearly possible. And that's a dangerous thing for every other NL team contending for a postseason berth," wrote Richard Justice of MLB.com. "The Marlins believe now. That is, they believe in a way they almost certainly couldn't have before."
Meanwhile, the Giants (13-16, 7-9) and Braves (14-17, 8-9) have both lost ground in their respective division races during that same span, leaving them fighting to reach October.
The Marlins still have series with the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee Brewers, as well as eight games with the Washington Nationals and three head-to-head with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves also take on the Pirates and Reds and have six games left with the Nationals.
As mentioned on the NL West slide, the Giants have a harsh non-division draw, with series against the Nationals, Brewers and Tigers, as well as six games left against the Dodgers.
While the Marlins have been hot, the Braves have won five straight, including a sweep of the Athletics. They seem to have the most favorable remaining schedule of the three and look like front-runners for the No. 2 spot right now.
Milwaukee Brewers host Atlanta Braves in the NL Wild Card Round.