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The Atlanta Braves finished as the second-best team in the NL at 96-66, but they haven't proven themselves to be as good as their record yet.
The Braves had two incredible streaks this season, starting the year 12-1 and going on a 14-game winning streak in the middle of the year. These two streaks ultimately helped the ballclub finish an impressive 30 games over the .500 mark.
Obviously, it's easy to make any team out to be mediocre when taking away parts of the season, but the fact that the Braves had these two streaks shows that they have a tendency to go hot and cold.
The Braves also have yet to prove that they can win on the road, going 40-41 away from home this year. The team will have home-field advantage against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series but will have to win on the road if it is going to make it to the World Series.
Atlanta looks like it could be poised for an early exit in October, and it needs to prove that it is here to stay.