The NL Central division is not only the only six-team division in baseball, but it is also the only division in baseball that has four teams contending for the postseason at the trade deadline.
The fourth team in contention has a record below .500, and the first-place team would rank no higher than third in any other division besides the AL Central.
In other words, it is likely that only one team from the NL Central will secure a playoff spot, as the Atlanta Braves seem to be a favorite for the National League Wild Card.
Currently, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have not won their division in 19 years, and the Milwaukee Brewers, are tied for first place. However, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds are not far behind.
Some teams have already made trades to bolster their chances at coming out on top. This ranking will predict which NL Central contender will come out as the most dangerous team after the July 31st trade deadline.