ATLANTA (AP) It’s been a while since either team played a truly meaningful game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took control of the NL West with an amazing 2 1-2-month stretch and could let off the gas over the final weeks.

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The Atlanta Braves won the East going away, their commanding lead not at all threatened by a losing record over the final month.

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Now, it’s time to get serious again.

They meet Thursday night in Game 1 of the NL division series.

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