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


Lee Davis A Successful Runner Among Other Things

Lee Davis grew up in Philadelphia, went to college at Elizabethton College in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from law school at Boston University. He also became a pretty good runner during that time. Davis is a high-profile attorney in Chattanooga who does something physical every day.   He doesn’t train like he once did and he doesn’t even like to talk about ... (click for more)

Team USA Plays Team Mexico In Polo This Weekend

Bendabout Farm will again host free polo matches this weekend at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.   Team USA headed by Bendabout Farm’s Gillian Johnston also includes Julio Arellano, one of the highest rated players in the sport.   Team Mexico includes some of the best players and are equally matched to Team USA.   These teams will be competing for the ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed Multiple Times On Cleveland Avenue Early Thursday Morning

A woman was stabbed multiple times early Thursday morning. At approximately 3 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2104 Cleveland Ave. for a stabbing. Officers located a black female in the roadway suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS for her injuries and is in stable condition. Investigators have not been able to ... (click for more)

CARTA Leaders Welcome Study On Passenger Rail Service For Chattanooga

CARTA leaders said Thursday they welcome an upcoming $700,000 study on re-instituting passenger rail service for Chattanooga. Lisa Maragnano, executive director, said, "This fits right into our multimodal transit center study, which we have said needs to be by rail." She added, "This is really a cool thing." Chattanooga received a $400,000 federal grant for the study and ... (click for more)

Walking Among Memories, The USS LST-325

I have walked among the head stones at Flanders Fields and have seen the entrenchment of soldiers with only bayonet tips sticking out of the earth. Later I traveled to Normandy where I stood on the sand and made scuff marks with my shoes on Omaha Beach and climbed the hill to the magnificent American Cemetery there. I again walked among the many, many tomb stones so neatly and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Aunt Martha

During my first year at Ole Miss, I was so distracted by the stunning coeds on campus that I paid too much attention to the wrong kind of figures. I ended up flubbing a math class, which at the time was most serious and potentially deadly for an American boy. It meant I didn't have enough credit hours to avoid the draft and in almost no time I got a red, gut-retching postcard that ... (click for more)