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NL East Rivals Drifting Apart in Many Ways

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They share a division.

Technically, they're sharing a pennant race.

So why do the Phillies and Braves seem to exist right now in separate universes?

In one -- call it Phillies World -- an ace starts every game, September means never losing and the questions all relate to how things will set up in October.

In the other -- that would be Braves World -- the first game in the most important series of the season is started by a guy whose previous biggest game ever was for the Indiana state high school championship. Oh, and he was a third baseman then.

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