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


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