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Atlanta Braves: 6 Reasons Everyone Will Be Shocked in the Postseason
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The Atlanta Braves are no strangers to the late-season playoff hunt.

Last year, they clinched a playoff berth only after winning the very last game of the season. Despite having a decent lead in the Wild Card race just a month ago, the Atlanta Braves are now in the middle of a fierce battle with the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Wild Card and are feeling the pressure.

The urgency has never been so great for the Braves, coming off a sweep by the Cardinals and dealing with a number of ailing players, including pitching studs Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and team-leader Chipper Jones know that it's now or never.

The Braves are still in line to win the Wild Card with a not-so-comfortable 4.5-game lead over St. Louis, and with Matt Holliday possibly out for the rest of the season, the Braves' playoff hopes are still very much intact.

Despite their recent struggles, here are six reasons why the Braves will shock everyone in the postseason. 

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