Braves: These next four series may be the biggest test of the season for Atlanta

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The Braves are riding as high as they have all season, winning 15 of their last 16 and coming off of a 9-0 road trip. However, there’s no time to pop champagne just yet, as the schedule sees Atlanta face a ton of tough teams over the next week and a half:

The Yankees, like the Braves, are jockeying for their division — they currently sit 4.5 games behind Tampa Bay, holding the first Wild Card spot in the AL, so they are no pushover. The Dodgers and Giants are battling it out for the NL West crown, and both teams are serious contenders in the National League. The Giants currently lead the NL West by 2.5 games, and the Dodgers are in complete command of the first Wild Card spot. Whichever teams ends up losing out on the division will still undoubtedly be in the playoffs.

The Rockies are interesting. As you can see above, they have been one of the best teams in baseball at home. The Braves will get their turn later in the season, but these four games with Colorado may be more difficult than their record would indicate.

I think the Braves have proven they’re still the class of the division; they belong in the playoffs. Still, this is no time to get complacent with the Phillies getting Arizona, Washington, and Miami on the docket for next week.

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