Atlanta Braves clinch National League East

Sep 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves have clinched the National League East on Sunday afternoon. They clinch by virtue of the Washington Nationals loss to the Miami Marlins 4-2.

The Nationals played a makeup game this afternoon after the game that was scheduled for last night was postponed due to rain. The Braves needing either a Nationals loss or an Atlanta win today, did not have to wait for the end of their game as the Nationals were unable to top the cellar dwelling Marlins.

Atlanta currently leads the Chicago Cubs 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Braves are still trying to secure home field advantage as the season winds down. The most likely challenger to that would be the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is important for the Braves to achieve this since they actually have a losing record on the road this season.

I like the Dodgers pitching staff more than the Braves rotation. That being said, if the Dodgers have to play 4 games in Atlanta, then they could be in some trouble.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, MLB, Washington Nationals

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