ST. LOUIS — Editor's Note: The standings have been updated to include the elimination number (E#) in both the divisional and Wild Card standings. The numbers, which indicate how many games remain for a team before they are mathematically eliminated from the postseason hunt, will be reflected next to each contending team until they are eliminated.

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As the days dwindle in the MLB regular season, so too have the number of teams in the hunt for a playoff spot. While the scene was mostly set in place the American League for several weeks, the same can finally be said for the ever-competitive National League at long last.

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The Braves clinched the NL East with a weekend sweep of the Phillies, which highlighted a weekend full of eliminations across the league. The Pirates, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Nationals lost their chance at the postseason — some more surprising than others. With their eliminations, though, the playoff picture became a bit more clear.

The Cubs, who became the first National League team to reach 90 wins, took a 2.5 game lead over the Brewers and a 4.5 game lead over the Cardinals into the final week of the season. In the NL West, the now-first-place Dodgers hold a narrow lead over the Rockies, the only team they have left to worry about in their division.

There is still plenty to be decided with just a handful of games remaining.

The Wild Card game will feature the top two teams that don't win their divisions from each league for a one-game playoff on Tuesday, Oct. 2 (National League) and Wednesday, Oct. 3 (American League). The winner of those two games will then play the top seed in the Division Series for a best-of-five series. If the season ended today, the Cubs and Red Sox would hold those top spots, which means the Cardinals and Cubs could face off in the NLDS for a rematch of 2015.

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It's worth noting each win and loss in the regular season either gives any team a 0.5 advantage or a 0.5 disadvantage. For example, the Cardinals can gain 0.5 ground on the Cubs during an off-day, as well as the Wild Card leaders.

Because the chase for two Wild Card spots will likely come down to the wire, 5 On Your Side has compiled a daily rundown of who is playing who, who won to who and who could whichever direction. The list will be compiled of teams in the mix for the Wild Card — as well as the always-important NL Central chase.

National League Wild Card: The top two Wild Card teams qualify for the one-game playoff. GB calculated from second Wild Card spot.

  • Brewers | 89-67 | .571 | +2.0
  • Cardinals | 87-69 | .558 | --

  • Rockies | 85-70 | .548 | 1.5 GB | E#: 6

National League Central Contenders

  • Cubs | 91-64 | .587 | --
  • Brewers | 89-67 | .571 | 2.5 GB | E#: 5
  • Cardinals | 87-69 | .558 | 4.5 GB | E#: 3

National League East Contenders

  • Braves | 88-68 | .564 | --

National League West Contenders

  • Dodgers | 87-69 | .558 | --
  • Rockies | 85-70 | .548 | 1.5 GB | E#: 6

Series to watch:

Brewers vs. Cardinals

  • Monday: TBD; Flaherty (8-8, 3.08)
  • Tuesday: Gonzalez (9-11, 4.28); Gomber (6-1, 3.63)
  • Wednesday: Chacin (14-8, 3.61 ERA); Gant (7-6, 3.53 ERA)

Pirates vs. Cubs

  • Monday: Taillon (13-9, 3.24 ERA); Hamels (9-10, 3.90 ERA)
  • Tuesday: Archer (5-8, 4.49 ERA); Montgomery (5-5, 3.75 ERA)
  • Wednesday: Nova (9-9, 4.01 ERA); Quintana (13-11, 4.11 ERA)

Phillies vs. Rockies

  • Monday: Eflin (11-7, 4.09 ERA); Anderson (6-9, 4.76 ERA)
  • Tuesday: Velasquez (9-11, 4.59 ERA); Gray (11-8, 5.07 ERA)
  • Wednesday: Pivetta (7-13, 4.58 ERA); Marquez (13-10, 3.91 ERA)

Dodgers vs. D-backs

  • Monday: Kershaw (8-5, 2.51 ERA); Ray (6-2, 3.92 ERA)
  • Tuesday: Buehler (7-5, 2.74 ERA); Koch (5-5, 4.26 ERA)
  • Wednesday: Stripling (8-5, 2.84 ERA); Greinke (14-11, 3.21 ERA)