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Record during wild card era (1994-2011): 1,636-1,212 .575 winning percentage
Number of playoff appearances: 12 (1995-2005, 2010)
Additional playoff appearances based on new system: one (2011)
The Atlanta Braves rose from the proverbial ashes of mediocrity to become one of the most dominant MLB teams of the last 20 years. Their rise to prominence began with the hiring of Bobby Cox after the 1990 season. His guidance, coupled with the emergence of pitchers Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Steve Avery, would propel Atlanta to their first and only World Series win in 1995.
The Braves set a major league record by making the postseason in 14 consecutive seasons (1991-2005). Some believe the Braves would have won several championships if it wasn't for the New York Yankees, who also peaked during this same time period.
Will the added wild card help the Braves postseason chances? Yes
If you were going to base the Braves' chances on their consecutive postseason appearance streak, you could make a strong case for the wild card helping their chances. The only problem with that is that the NL landscape has changed since 2005 and the Braves face stiffer competition from within their own division.
Still, the Braves have put together two strong seasons in a row and if you were going to base their chances on recent history, you'd have to give them a good shot.