Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/5/13
The Atlanta Braves appear in no danger of losing their sizable NL East lead, and only a collapse for the ages - one even bigger than their 2011 debacle - would prevent them from securing a second straight postseason berth. None of that, not even the team's recent run of eight victories in 10 games, prevents manager Fredi Gonzalez from feeling dejected from time to time. "It's funny, the game of baseball, you're as good as the last game you played," Gonzalez said. He'll likely be in a much better mood if Atlanta can bounce back from a rare defeat while beginning its seven-game road trip with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The Braves (85-54) are up by 14 games over Washington in the East, and their first division title since 2005 seems inevitable. The size of the lead even seems to render their 2011 collapse irrelevant to their current situation. Atlanta was ahead by 10 1/2 games in the division in late August of that year when its slide to eventual eli...
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