Braves Set Sights On Home Field Advantage

Only Seven Home Games Remain Until Playoffs Begin

Monday, September 23, 2013
Mike Minor gets the start in Monday night's game against the Brewers.
Mike Minor gets the start in Monday night's game against the Brewers.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Now that they have captured the National League East, the Braves will attempt to finish this season strong with the hope of gaining home-field advantage during the postseason leading up to the World Series.

Winning the division was important.

But after celebrating this accomplishment Sunday, the Braves began looking toward this week's season-ending homestand with the understanding of the importance of maintaining the NL's best record.

If they do so, they would earn home-field advantage during the NL Division Series and NL Championship Series. Courtesy of its win in the All-Star Game, the American League has home-field advantage during the World Series.

With Sunday's victory, the Braves are an NL-best 92-63, while the Cardinals, who lost to the Brewers on Sunday night, are 91-65. The Dodgers are 90-66, while the Reds and Pirates are both 89-67.

Because they won the season series against each of these clubs, Atlanta would own the tiebreaker if they finish in a tie for the NL's best record.

There would be two key benefits to securing home-field advantage. First of all, the Braves would be able to play a majority of their playoff games at Turner Field, where they have an NL-best .595 winning percentage this season. This would also allow them to avoid the dangerous NL West champion Dodgers or the NL Central winner in the best-of-five NLDS.

The club that finishes the regular season with the Senior Circuit's best record will play the winner of the one-game Wild Card playoff, which will likely be feature a matchup between the two teams that come up short in the NL Central battle being waged among the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. There is an outside shot the Nationals could earn a chance to play in this game.

The Braves are certainly happy that they will not have to participate in this one-game playoff, which they lost to the Cardinals during their brief trip to the postseason last year.

---- Source: MLB.com



PHOTOS: Boyd-Buchanan Blanks Hixson, 3-0

Covenant Women's Soccer Picked 3rd In Division In USA South Preseason Poll

Coming off its best season in the USA South, the Covenant women's soccer team has been picked to finish third in the West Division as the league released its preseason coaches' poll on Wednesday. Covenant tallied one first place vote in the division and 39 total points. Piedmont totaled six first place votes and 48 points, while Maryville was second with 41 points and one top ... (click for more)

Opposing Sides Expected To Show Up For Coolidge Park Rally Thursday Night; Some Urged To "Bring Your Guns"

Chattanooga Police said they will be closely monitoring an organized rally at Coolidge Park on Thursday that may draw some of the same opposing sides that clashed - with deadly result - in Charlottesville, Va. The rally is set for 7:30 p.m. and initially was  in memory of a woman who was killed in the angry Virginia confrontation that initially began over a decision to ... (click for more)

Owners Of Larger Structures In Walker County To Pay More For Fire, Ambulance Service; Full-Time Fire Stations Increase From 4-6

Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield announced plans on Wednesday to update the county's fire fee schedule to offer improvements in fire protection and public safety efforts. The fee will now be known as a "public safety" fee and will fund fire and emergency management operations, along with contracted ambulance services.   The county will replace the existing ... (click for more)

Equality Vs. Superiority

Many comparisons are being made about Neo-Nazis, White Supremacy and Black Lives Matter.  In order to compare, we assume these are equally comparable. The flaw comes here - Black Lives Matter strives to be equal, to be treated equally.  Neo-Nazis, The KKK, and White Supremacy groups believe they are the superior.  Make no mistake here, I grew up in an era of segregation. ... (click for more)

A Tale Of 3 Properties

Here in Lookout Valley on the far southwest edge of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, trees and rocks are plentiful but sidewalks are as rare as unicorns. It’s a land the governments forget – until tax collection time.  The recent county reappraisal spoke about ‘comps,’ recent sale prices of comparable local properties. But the assessors defined ‘comparable’ to suit themselves, ... (click for more)