The Atlanta Braves have always been a team no one wants to face in the playoffs, and that was before they were red hot during the final month of the season.


This team came into their series Monday night against the San Francisco Giants knowing they had to take care of business to maintain a sizeable lead in the division, and they did just that. They broke out the brooms against the Giants, slicing their magic number down to just 11 games.

If you told Braves fans at the beginning of the season this would be happening, they would've pinched themselves to wake up from their dream. 


What's more impressive is that they're winning close games. We all know they can put up big numbers in a hurry, but closing out tight games is what makes you a serious playoff contender. They did it each game this series, winning the opener by three,  supporting Mike Foltynewicz's complete game, and then shutting the door on any Giants' comeback by beating them 2-1. 


They're not only up on the Phillies by seven games, but are getting hot at the right time with a five-game winning streak. 

​​These games don't get less important, as they have a series against the Nationals in front of them, but it's hard not to celebrate this team right now.