After a long and forgettable road trip, in which they had four chances to win a series and blew all of them, the Braves return at last to Turner Field to face the Mets. While the Braves are obviously not playing very well right now, it's important to note that they aren't exactly being blown out: of the six losses on the trip, three were by one run, one was by two runs, and two were by three runs. It won't take much to turn the team around.
In fact, there's good reason to think that merely returning home should do the trick, since the Braves have the best home record in the majors at 34-13. Even better, those 47 home games are easily the fewest in the majors. In fact, only one other NL team (the Pirates with 49) has played fewer than 52 home games. That means the Braves get at least five more home games the rest of the way than their competitors, which is just a huge advantage for this team. The month of August is particularly kind to the Braves, as they have 28 more games scheduled, 19 of which are at home.
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