Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger, below, scores the winning run on a single by Mookie Betts as Trea Turner watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NL Playoff Picture Through July 4th

At the 4th of July mark, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets lead the National League. The Mets sit a mere 1.5 games behind the Dodgers, but there is still plenty of time for the NL standings to shake up before October.

NL East

The New York Mets (51-31) have a grasp on the top spot in the NL East with the Atlanta Braves (49-34) trailing 2.5 games behind. The Mets have been playing without star pitcher Jacob deGrom for the entirety of the season. He suffered from a stress reaction in his right scapula but is beginning to make strides toward a return to the mound in Major League Baseball. He made his first rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Sunday.

In addition, Max Scherzer made his return to the mound Tuesday for the Mets after being sidelined with an oblique strain on May 18.

NL Central

The St. Louis Cardinals (44-40) trail the Milwaukee Brewers (47-37) by three games in the NL Central. Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes leads Major League Baseball with 134 strikeouts, and his 2.20 ERA ranks 5th in the league. The Brewers rank second in strikeouts with 788 in Major League Baseball.

Milwaukee has not only found success on the mound. The Brewers have sent 116 pitches out of the park, ranking them 4th in Major League Baseball in home runs.

NL West

The Los Angeles Dodgers (52-29) lead the NL West with the San Diego Padres (47-36) trailing 6 games behind. Unfortunate news was announced Tuesday in Los Angeles when left fielder Chris Taylor was placed on 10-day IL due to a foot fracture. However, the Dodgers still have firepower in Trea Turner and Mookie Betts, who lead the team in batting average and home runs, respectively.

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The Dodgers are currently riding a three-game win streak, and hold top statistical rankings on both offense and defense. Offensively, the Dodgers rank 2nd in RBIs and 4th in stolen bases in Major League Baseball. On the mound, Los Angeles ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball with a 2.91 ERA.

Current Playoff Picture

#1 seed: Los Angeles Dodgers (52-29)

#2 seed: New York Mets (51-31)

#3 seed: Milwaukee Brewers (47-37)

#4 seed: Atlanta Braves (49-34)

#5 seed: San Diego Padres (47-36)

#6 seed: St. Louis Cardinals (44-40)/Philadelphia Phillies (43-39)

About Shailey Klein

Shailey Klein is a second-year journalism major specializing in sports and media at UF.

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