ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 7-1 victory over the Phillies, before a hearty Turner Field crowd of 27,858.
1. The Braves and Cardinals are all square in the race for the National League's best record sort of
After 159 games ... it has come down to this.
With Atlanta and St. Louis deadlocked at 94-65, we still don't know which powerhouse will possess home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
Heck, we don't even know if the Cardinals will end up as the NL Central champion ... although it would take a mini-collapse from St. Louis against the Cubs (Friday-Sunday) and subsequent weekend sweep from Pittsburgh (against Cincinnati) to boot the Cards into the wild-card round.
But amidst the Atlanta-St. Louis uncertainty, the Braves can relish in owning the tiebreaker over the Cardinals, the result of taking the season series, 4-3.
The tie-breaking "clincher" occurred on Aug. 25, when Mike Minor helped the Braves avoid a four-game swe...