Now that the Braves have made it to the postseason, it's time to step our game up a notch. No more defensive goofs! No more swinging at garbage down in the dirt and away. It's time to take care of bi'ness. The following are my reasons why it's to our advantage that we won the WC
1) We had to win to get in. That's a huge confidence and momentum boost. Teams like the Reds and Phillies didn't really have anything to play for (except that the Phillies ran their opening day lineup against us -- perhaps to play spoiler?) whereas our entire season was on the line. Just limping into the playoffs is lame, IMO. It bares repeating: The Marlins, Red Sox, Giants, Angels, and Rockies all took WC spots all the way to the World Series. Win/Loss record during the regular season means nothing (we finished with a better W/L record than the Rangers and tied with the Reds). Lets keep the momentum rolling!
2) The Phillies have to play the Reds. Lets face it. We can't outslug them. SanFran can't outslug them. However, the Reds can: Jay Bruce, Joey Votto (possibly MVP), and Scott Rolen are having great years! Both teams play in bandboxes which should make for lots of DINGERZ in their series. I believe the X factors for the Reds will be Drew Stubbs and Brandon Phillips. This series could also come down to cry-baby Carlos Ruiz who had to have the waaaaambulance called yesterday after getting plunked by Tim Hudson.
3) We match up extremely well against the Giants. Although the Braves only went 4-3 against them, it could have easily been 6-1. Remember Edgar Renteria's GW earlier this season? Their offense is luke warm at best. And that's their regular lineup -- versus our patch-work lineup due to injuries (which I don't mind because the backups are awesome!) The key to this game is going to be defense. Both teams starting rotations rely on their Defense to make the plays behind them. I believe that if we can get to "The Freak" Lincecum and steal game 1, we have a great chance of winning in 4. Our rotation has more playoff experience than theirs does too, which is always a plus.
With that being said, lets go out there and win one for Bobby!