When the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Roy Oswalt shortly before the trade deadline, Atlanta Braves fans braced for impact as everyone in the sports world predicted a late-season push from the Phillies to overtake the Braves in the quest for the NL East title.
The Braves' recent struggles and acquisition of dead-weight Derrek Lee haven't done much to dispel those fears, and at the time of this writing, they have fallen a half of a game behind Philadelphia.
But Braves fans need to keep an eye on the light at the end of the tunnel. That light is not a NL Wild Card berth. It's an NL East Championship. Here are six reasons why.
(All statistics accurate through September 6).