ATLANTA The Braves' doubleheader loss to the Nationals does not define or erase a season highlighted by the National League's best record to date (89-62) and some of the best organization moves in baseball. But it does raise some issues and concerns for a team limping toward the finish the line.
Atlanta is just 4-6 in its last 10 games, 6-10 in the month of September. This type of slump will not truly threaten the team's eight-game lead in the NL East its magic number remained at four entering Wednesday's series finale but it could call into the question the NL's No. 1 overall seed and, more importantly, the team's overall performance entering a much-anticipated month of playoff baseball.
How important is the top seed for the Braves? Well, they're a .700 team at Turner Field. They're a sub-.500 team on the road. Home field advantage isn't everything, but it's a really, really crucial thing for Fredi Gonzalez's team.
Our Braves writers Zach Dillard, Cory McCartney and Jay Cle...