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Braves vs. Marlins Series Preview: Atlanta Looks To Clinch Playoff Bid At Turner Field

The Braves welcome in the struggling Marlins to Turner Field for a three-game series. Atlanta's magic number is two games, and the club could clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday night.

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The Atlanta Braves enter Tuesday with a magic number of two games to clinch a playoff spot. If they beat the Marlins and the Brewers lose to the Reds, Atlanta will at least guarantee themselves a spot in the wild card play-in game. It would mark the first time since 2010 that the club made the postseason, even if it could be a one-game-and-out scenario for Chipper Jones and the Bravos.

Also, get this: if the Braves do indeed clinch this week -- and they should -- it'll be just the second time in the last seven years the team has reached the postseason. It really does put that run of 14-straight division titles into perspective, doesn't it?

As for the series, the Marlins are beginning to turn on each other. It's tough to imagine manager Ozzie Guillen will be back next season, and the team seemingly gave up months ago. Management has stated no players other than Jose Reyes and Giancarlo Stanton are a lock for the roster next season, which means even more change is on the way for a team that just unloaded numerous star players at the trade deadline.

Good thing they just built that new stadium in Miami!

Pitching Probables & Start Times:

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. ET - Kris Medlen vs. Nathan Eovaldi

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. ET - Paul Maholm vs. Josh Johnson

Thursday, 7:10 p.m. ET - Tommy Hanson vs. Jacob Turner

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