Braves hold 4-1/2 game division lead with 20 games remaining

Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) hits a single in the fourth inning against Miami Marlins Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Truist Park in Atlanta. (Hakim Wright Sr./AP)

Credit: Hakim Wright Sr

Credit: Hakim Wright Sr

Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) hits a single in the fourth inning against Miami Marlins Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Truist Park in Atlanta. (Hakim Wright Sr./AP)

The Braves enjoyed an off day Monday before playing 14 consecutive games without a break. They have only one more off day remaining after Monday (Sept. 27).

With 20 games left, the Braves lead the Phillies by 4-1/2 games in the National League East. They lead the Mets, who won a series against the Yankees over the weekend, by five games. The upcoming stretch might determine the Braves’ fate.

They open a three-game series against the Rockies on Tuesday before embarking on a three-city western trip to San Francisco, Phoenix and San Diego. The Braves’ final homestand is against the Phillies and Mets, but they’ll hope the pressure is on their rivals by the time that rolls around in late September.

Records of the Braves’ remaining opponents:

Rockies: 66-78

Giants: 93-50

Diamondbacks: 47-96

Padres: 74-68

Phillies: 72-71

Mets: 72-72

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