Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JAY CLEMONS  |  Last updated 7/29/13
ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Cardinals (62-40), clinching a sweep of the National League's premier club, record-wise. 1. The Braves are now viable threats for landing the top spot in the NL playoffs Yes, it's still July; and yes, Atlanta only has an 8 12-game lead over Washington (winners of three straight). But with the convincing sweep of the Cardinals, the Braves baseball's sixth team to 60 wins can begin harboring thoughts of posting the Senior Circuit's best record by season's end, thus locking up home-field advantage throughout the NL postseason. (The American League champion, by way of an All-Star Game victory, will own homefield in October.) Prior to the weekend set, the Braves figured as long shots for the No. 1 seed, given their 45-45 record from April 17-July 25 and recent rash of injuries (Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, B.J. Upton, Jordan Schafer). But Atlanta enjoyed a seamless weekend of great fielding, clutch hittin...
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