While the Pirates and Cardinals struggle for supremacy in the NL Central, and keep an eye on the Reds, the races in the other NL divisions look to be over, as the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers have emerged as the two best teams in MLB. The Dodgers are 21-3 since the All-Star Game and the Braves 19-6. As for the Pirates, in this power ranking they hold down the No. 5 spot, despite their four-game losing streak.
By Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com
We've seen this Braves song and dance many times before, haven't we?
The running away with the NL East Braves tune, that is. From 1995-2005, the Braves won the East every single season. They won it by 21 games in 1995 and at least 10 games four other times.
As we head into Aug. 14, the Braves hold a 14-game lead with 42 games left. If they keep playing well, it's entirely possible they end up with their biggest margin of victory ever in winning the NL East title -- surpassing that 21-game margin. Also, I can't help but think about the fact that the aforementioned '95 team won the World Series.
Do these Braves have what it takes? Yes. Yes they do.
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