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Well, the Braves won their first division title in 4 years today by beating the second place Phillies three straight. I don’t have any predictions for the post season but they sure seem to be in a good place right now. We will soon see if that translates into playoff wins.

A few bits from the local rag:

“I know how much this city’s been through on a yearly basis with a lot of things,” shortstop Dansby Swanson said. “It’s the kind of thing where we bounce back and rise up to the occasion. We wanted to do something for this city because the city deserved it, the people deserved it, our fans deserved it.”

This season marks the second division title since the Braves won 14 consecutive, an MLB record. They did so this time in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways.

In sports, it’s difficult to find the happy medium of seasoned and inexperienced. The Braves identified the perfect mix, even if it wasn’t consciously. Manager Snitker, an organizational staple of four decades, has now experienced the latest peak of his life’s devotion.

As for the remaining eight games, the Braves can gun for homefield advantage – they’re three games behind the Cubs – or opt to take it easier. For now, they’re likely to see the NL West winner, maybe the Dodgers, who defeated them in the postseason that half-decade ago.

“No one picked us to win the division this year, and I’m sure no one’s going to pick us in the playoffs,” Freeman said. “(But) that’s our goal. We’re going to try to get the most important 11 wins.”
Braves did a fantastic job this year and Snitker deserves to be Manager of the Year. -- Al