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MLB's next big thing: How wacky NL races are saving September

With the Brewers among the teams keeping things interesting, not much of anything is settled in the NL playoff hunt. EPA/Tannen Maury

This has been one wacky baseball season.

Let's start by thinking back to the spring, or even the winter, and recall what seemed like a dominant theme in Major League Baseball, circa 2018: stratification. In other words, it seemed like the gap between baseball's haves and have-nots was as large as it has been in decades.

We were half right and, for that, we have the National League to thank.