National League wild-card standings: Reds, Padres, Cardinals, Phillies

ST. LOUIS – There are three weeks left in the National League wild-card race and there are four teams separated by 3½ games.

The San Diego Padres hold a one-game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, but they’ll have to earn it with a daunting schedule. The Padres have the toughest remaining schedule in baseball, facing opponents with a combined .602 winning percentage.

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The Reds have a 5-15 record in their past 15 games, fortunate they didn’t fall further out of the playoff picture.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after striking out in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Here’s a look at how the weekend shapes up for the wild-card contenders:

SAN DIEGO PADRES (74-65, one game ahead)

The Padres have 16 games remaining against the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers, and they don’t have any games left against clubs with a sub-.500 record. They’re beginning a 10-game, 10-day road trip Friday through L.A., San Francisco and St. Louis.  

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