What a difference a year makes. The Atlanta Braves are in the 2012 baseball playoffs.
A year ago, the Braves endured one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, blowing an 8 1/2 game lead in September to miss the playoffs. But not so in 2012. The Braves defeated Miami, 4-3, Tuesday on a walk-off homer by former Gwinnett Braves player Freddie Freeman to clinch a playoff spot.
At this point, Atlanta has clinched a spot in a possible wild-card playoff spot. And they still have a chance at the NL East title, as they trail Washington by four games.
The 2012 playoff appearance also is special, in that it marks the final postseason appearance for team icon Chipper Jones, who is retiring. Jones is the only remaining player from Atlanta's 1995 World Series championship team.
And this year, pitcher Kris Medlen has become a mainstay. Tuesday, the Braves won for the record-tying 22nd straight time in games started by Medlen. This feat only has been matched by three pitchers since 1920.
-- So the question, do you think Atlanta will win the World Series in 2012? After all, last year's wild-card team, St. Louis, won the World Series. Tell us in the comments below.