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The Atlanta Braves are having one of the finest seasons in their history.
After winning a tight 6-5 affair against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, their record became an impressive 102-56.
It’s still the best in MLB, and has officially and irrevocably become the best in the National League.
At 98-60, the Los Angeles Dodgers can no longer catch the Braves for the best record in the NL.
That has significant consequences, because Atlanta has locked up home-field advantage in the NL.
“In the midst of MLB history and walk-off celebrations, the @Braves have also clinched home-field advantage through the NLCS,” Bally Sports South tweeted.
In the midst of MLB history and walk-off celebrations, the @Braves have also clinched home-field advantage through the NLCS. pic.twitter.com/GfXI481HYe
— Bally Sports South (@BallySportsSO) September 28, 2023
It means that, if they make it that far, the Braves will have home-field advantage in the NL Championship Series.
For example, if the series extends to seven games and the Braves are playing it, four of the games will be in Atlanta.
Next up is securing home-field advantage through the World Series.
The only team in baseball standing between the Braves and World Series home-field advantage is the Baltimore Orioles.
Each team has four games remaining: if Baltimore wins them all and Atlanta loses theirs, Baltimore would have home-field advantage in the Fall Classic should they make it that far.
Every other scenario favors the Braves, because if they finish tied in the standings, Atlanta owns the first tiebreaker (head-to-head record in 2023).
This means that Atlanta is one win or one O’s loss away from enjoying home-field advantage through the whole postseason, and that carries some value because teams always prefer to play in front of their fans (well, with the notable exception of Spencer Strider).
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