The Atlanta Braves awoke Monday leading the National League East by 6-1/2 games. En route to the 2018 division title, they didn’t lead by 6-1/2 games until Sept. 11. It’s not that they’ve played much better this year than last. They’re 46-32, which marks a one-game improvement. Difference is, the rest of the East has commenced its collapsing much earlier.