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NL Wild Card tracker: D-backs fight for playoff positioning

It’s the stretch run, which means the Arizona Diamondbacks have made their pre-trade deadline moves to shore up their holes.

The D-backs bolstered the heart of the lineup by trading for J.D. Martinez well before the deadline, plugged what they hope is a temporary hole at shortstop and added a familiar face at reliever.

But other teams in the National League have improved their squads as well.

As the Los Angeles Dodgers run away in the NL West, the Washington Nationals have done the same in the NL East. That leaves the only drama in the more closely-contested NL Central, where the Cubs are being chased by the Brewers, Cardinals and Pirates. After that, it’s on the Diamondbacks to hang onto a Wild Card spot.

Here’s what the NL Wild Card standings currently look like.

Place Team Record Games Back Last Game Up Next
1 Rockies3 68-54 +1.0 8-4 W vs. MIL vs. MIL
2 Dbacks2 67-55 10-3 L at MIN at MIN
3 st_louis_cardinals_transparent 63-59 4.0 11-10 W at PIT at PIT
4 brewers_trans 63-60 4.5 8-4 L at COL at COL
5 marlins_logo 59-61 7.0 3-1 W at NYM at NYM
6 pirates_transparent 58-64 9.0 11-10 L vs. STL vs. STL