If the Atlanta Braves are to make a second straight playoff appearance, they'll have to do something over the next three nights they haven't done a lot of lately -- win.
With three regular season games left, the Braves' lead for the National League's wild card playoff spot is down to one game over St. Louis. On September 5th, Atlanta led the wild card chase by 8-and-a-half games.
Over the weekend, the Braves lost 2-of-3 games in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. Meanwhile, the Cardinals won 2-of-3 from the Cubs to narrow the margin.
The Braves have lost 10 of their past 15 games. They currently hold an 89-70 record. St. Louis is 88-71.
The Braves return home to open their final series of the regular season against the team with baseball's best record, the Philidelphia Phillies (99-60). Meanwhile, the Cardinals will face baseball's worst record team, the Houston Astros (55-104), for their final series.