Atlanta Braves: 10 Keys to Unseating the Injured Phillies in the NL East

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Atlanta Braves: 10 Keys to Unseating the Injured Phillies in the NL East
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It's been six years since the Braves won a division title.

For the last five years, it's been the Phillies on top of the division, with one World Series title to go with it.

This year, however, seems to be the year that the Braves have a good opportunity to unseat the Phillies.

The reason: injuries and age.

As far as age, the Phillies' average age is 29.9 years old, while the Braves average 27.4. I know, it doesn't seem like a big difference, but it is considering the Phillies ranked No. 2 in the league, while the Braves rank 27th.

On the injury front, the Braves have injuries to Chipper Jones (big surprise) and Tim Hudson to start the season, and Arodys Vizcaino for the entire season.

The Phillies, on the other hand, will be without two of their big three hitters (Ryan Howard and Chase Utley) for a few months. Throw in there Michael Martinez and Mike Stutes and you have injuries to some key positions.

The one thing the Phils don't have to worry about (right now) is injuries to their starting staff.

If the Phillies are to win another World Series, this has to be the year, as Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee continue to get older, while it's conceivable that Cole Hamels will leave via free agency after this year.

However, if the Braves are to unseat the Phillies, here are 10 keys to ensuring that happens.

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