The Atlanta Braves' inability to beat the Philadelphia Phillies contributed to their late collapse last year.
The Braves appear poised for a different ending to this campaign and look to extend their recent dominance over the Phillies on Monday night with help from right-hander Ben Sheets.
Atlanta failed to capture a second straight playoff berth in 2011 because of an 8-18 finish that included six losses to Philadelphia, including three to close out the season at Turner Field.
This time, the Braves (62-46) will face the Phillies while contending for one of the NL's two wild-card berths and trailing Washington by three games in the NL East. Atlanta also has won 10 of 12 after a 6-1 victory over Houston on Sunday.
Atlanta will try to add to that stretch by building on a six-game win streak against Philadelphia (49-59). The Braves earned the first three of those wins at Citizens Bank from July 6-8.
Sheets (3-1, 1.46 ERA) got Atlanta started on a three-game home sweep of the Philli...