Q1: Not sure the Braves are gonna need great pitching, run support and little bit of luck to make the playoffs. Luck meaning they need to win the Marlins and Phillie lose, and not lose when they win. Or if they can win the wild card, which right now looks like they have a better chance with the divison. I hope they are still in the race, lets pray they sweep the Mets!
I'm for Pujouls and the Cardinals this post-season if the Braves dont make it.
Q2: Maybe, more what Frank Wren does in the off-season. The players we got this year have really helped. Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche, David Ross, Javy Vasquez, have all played their part. Dereck Lowe and Garrett Anderson seem to be the ones that don't come through when you need them. With a strong farm-system I think that the Braves will make the playoffs at latest next year. The Braves have young pitching(Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Kris Medlen). If not this year than next year! Lets keep hoping.
Hanson has been great, and going to be the National League rookie of the year ;)