Since the Braves' run of 14 straight division titles ended after the 2005 season, Atlanta fans have wavered in their support, stemming from a less-consistent roster, as well as, of course, no more titles.
This season, the Bravos (29-25) haven't dug that deep of a hole for themselves, sitting only two games back from first after defeating the division-leading Nationals 3-2 on Sunday.
Two key players are out with injuries: Chipper (left calf) might return June 8 to continue his farewell season, and Brian McCann (bruised knee) could come back June 5.
With a roster still full of experience and energy, power and speed, I believe Atlanta can return to the top of the division and hold the position into the playoffs. But I want to know what you think:
Will this be the season the Braves return to NL East glory? Tell us in the comments below. Or share what’s on your mind and start a different discussion.