Despite all the misfortunes the Braves have endured in 2020, they find themselves 20-14 and comfortably in first place in the NL East. On top of that, their schedule only gets easier over the final month of the season.
Through 34 games, the Braves have already wrapped up their season series with the Yankees, Rays, and Blue Jays, who are the class of the AL East and all projected to make the playoffs. They only have eight interleague games remaining, five against the Red Sox and three against the Orioles — two of the worst teams in baseball that just got done unloading pieces at the trade deadline.
Their NL East schedule is equally as favorable. The Braves just finished their last series with the Phillies. Philadelphia may only be at .500 on the season, but they are the most talented team in the division not named the Braves. Atlanta has seven more games against the Marlins, who they have dominated over the years, and eight games against the Nationals, who are 12-20 on the season. The Braves also play the Mets three more times, who they are 5-2 against this year.
Somehow, someway, Brian Snitker’s squad keeps finding ways to win. As a result, they find themselves three games ahead in the division, with only 26 more to play. It’s far from over, but they should be viewed as the overwhelming favorites to win their third consecutive NL East title.