The Giants beat the Cubs yesterday, which helped keep them within a couple games of the Dodgers in the NL West, and also gave them an additional cushion as the top Wild Card.
For the Cubs, the loss didn’t cost them anything in the NL Central or the home-field advantage race in the NL, with losses from each of the Cardinals and Nationals. That dropped the Cubs’ Magic Number to just 12 to clinch the NL Central. The Cubs also maintain an eight-game lead over the Nationals for the best record in the NL.
The Pirates, Marlins, and Rockies all lost yesterday, too – seriously, no one wants to come back in this Wild Card race – leaving only the Mets to gain ground with a win. They’re now just 1.0 games behind the Cardinals, which would make for an interesting to debate as to which team you’d rather see facing the Giants in a possible Wild Card Game (with the winner facing the Cubs in the NLDS).