Wednesday, September 29
Different Rafaels (Belliard, Furcal), same winning ways
Atlanta Braves Head into 13th Consecutive Postseason
The Braves came a long way since starting the season 32-38. The Braves lost a boatload of free agents (Glavine, Maddux, Sheffield, Javy) the last few years, but they managed to come together. Smoltz, the one player who's been on the Braves through the streak, said that this season felt like the magical worst-to-first season of 1991.
With only a handful of games left in the regular season, the Braves still have no idea who their opponent will be in the first round of the playoffs - it could be the Cubs, the Dodgers, the Astros, the Giants, or the mighty Cardinals. Personally I'm hoping it's the Dodgers so I can pull out my "Beat LA" poster that's been collecting dust in the closet since the Braves came from 9.5 games back to beat Los Angeles in the NL West in 1991.
*Starters, stats, and summaries for Braves' last 13 seasons
*History of the Atlanta Braves
*Playoff tiebreakers/seeding rules (from '03)