The Atlanta Braves get at least one more home game this year, entering the National League wildcard playoff Friday night behind a hot pitching rotation and a strong bullpen. The Braves face the St. Louis Cardinals in a win-or-go-home game at Turner Field.
The Atlanta Braves won for a major league record 23rd straight time in games started by Kris Medlen, beating the New York Mets 6-2 on Sunday in the regular-season home finale for Chipper Jones. Going back to 1921, only two other teams won 22 straight starts by a pitcher.
Harris Polling reports that for the third year in a row the Braves trailed only the Yankees and Red Sox in fan support. The Braves have been one of the most popular teams for over ten years, despite the fact that, according to Harris, baseball is less popular in the South. The survey also found the team as the fourth most popular choice to win this year’s World Series.