PHILADELPHIA -- The Braves have the National League's best record. Their magic number going into Monday's series at Marlins Park is nine.
Still, veteran baseball people know better than to take anything for granted. Which is why manager Fredi Gonzalez insists he hasn't even thought about lining up his pitching in anticipation of the National League Division Series.
"Until they put one of those letters next to your name, then you worry about that," Gonzalez said with a laugh. "I'm a believer that there are still a lot of baseball games left to be played. I don't even let myself think about it, let the guard down."
Gonzalez conceded, however, that he and pitching coach Roger McDowell have already "tinkered" the rotation by trying to get a little extra rest for Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.
"I think if you have the flexibility, you kind of try to deal with it that way," he said.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.