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Home Field Advantage Means Wins?

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Jeff Sullivan at the dot com has the skinny on the Braves schedule the rest of the way:

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[...] the NL East-leading Braves have played just 31 of their 72 games at home. 31, or 43.1%.

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At the 72-game mark, the average team will have 45 remaining home games and 45 remaining road games. The Braves have 50 and 40. The rival Mets, meanwhile, have 45 and 46, while the rival Phillies have 47 and 46.

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The Braves are clinging to a narrow division lead, just 0.5 up on New York and 3.5 up on Philadelphia. In a tight division, the significance of little things is amplified. So in the NL East, the fact that the Braves get to play a bunch of games the rest of the way at home is meaningful. It means that, at least in this regard, their path will be a little easier.

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While winning at home is the trend, it is by no means the rule. Other teams should find it scary that we're still not getting much production out of our shortstop or center field positions, and for the past few weeks, we haven't been getting anything out of right field with Jason Heyward in a slump. We need to get back home and focus on winning series, and go on another run of 13 series wins (or ties) in a row.

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