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Question of the day: Rather be the Braves or Red Sox?

The Braves and Red Sox are both 88-68 and holding onto two-game leads in their respective Wild Card races after a much-needed day off to regain composure. If they can protect their leads through Wednesday, then anything can happen in the postseason.

That's one way for their fans to look at it. The other way involves a lot of screaming and nervous tension and scoreboard watching.

These two franchises, which long ago shared a city, have gone from obvious postseason planning to survival mode. Atlanta is 8-13 and Boston is 5-16 in September. The Braves actually gained a half-game Thursday night when the Cardinals blew a four-run lead in the ninth against the Mets, and the Red Sox saw Tampa Bay chip a half-game off their lead with a big win at Yankee Stadium.

Atlanta opens a three-game series Friday night at Washington, with Tim Hudson set to start opposite Stephen Strasburg for the Nationals. Then it'll be back to Turner Field for the final three games of the regular season against the National League East-champion Phillies. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will finish against two sub-.500 clubs, at home against the Cubs this weekend and then at Houston.

Boston finishes with a road trip that begins Friday with three games against the American League East-champion Yankees, followed by three games in Baltimore against the pesky Orioles. By contrast, Tampa Bay has the relative luxury of finishing with two series at home, against Toronto and New York.

Today's question: Would you rather be the Braves or Red Sox?

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