ATLANTA (AP) -- A week from now, the Atlanta Braves should have a
much better idea about their chances of returning to the playoffs.
Eager to start a new postseason streak, the Braves return home
Friday for two crucial series. They'll play three games against the
NL East-leading New York Mets over the weekend, then host the
second-place Philadelphia Phillies in another three-game set next
These will be Atlanta's final home games against their two
division rivals. In a sense, it's now or never for a team that won
14 straight division titles from 1991-2005.
"We have confidence that every day we go out there, today is
the day we're going to turn things around," third baseman Chipper
Jones said. "We've got a lot of time left the last month to
accomplish what we want."
The Braves, who were off Thursday, who are coming off a
disappointing 4-6 road trip and are 41/2 games behind the slumping
Mets. New York lost its fifth in a row on Thursday, an 11-10
setback to the Phillies that pulled Philadelphia within two games
of the division lead.