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Braves Recap: August 31 & September 1

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Two critical wins to start off the series against the Marlins, raising our playoff odds to 19%, or the highest they've been since August 24.  The recaps:

8/31: Braves 5, Marlins 2

MVP: Omar Infante, .283 WPA.  He wins pretty much solely for his two-out, two-run triple in the ninth that finally broke the spell Josh Johnson had cast on the Braves' offense.  Game went from what was looking like an insurmountable 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead that put the Bravos in the driver's seat for the rest of the game.
LVP: Garret Anderson, -.135 WPA.  Just an ordinary 0-for-4 day for Garret, and he takes the LVP, which tells you how well everyone contributed in this game.
MIP: Infante's two-RBI triple with two outs in the seventh and the Braves down 1-0.  The triple broke the scoring drought and put the Braves in the lead for good.
UotG: Credit the starting pitcher, .187 WPA.  The winning effort was pretty evenly distributed, with the offense plating some runs and the bullpen holding a lead, but it was Kenshin Kawakami's six-inning, one-run performance that kept the Braves in the game long enough for the bats to awaken.
CATC: After Adam LaRoche struck out to become the second out in the seventh, 26.0% WE.  The Marlins had this one won as Josh Johnson cruised through 6 2/3 innings.  Two batters later came Infante's triple

9/1: Braves 4, Marlins 3

MVP: Peter Moylan, .253 WPA. With the Braves clinging to a 3-2 lead in the sixth, Tim Hudson allowed a one-out double to John Baker, and followed that up by walking the next two batters.  Enter Moylan, who got Cody Ross to ground into an inning-ending double play in a super-critical situation.  This is a perfect example of why the best relievers should not always be reserved for the ninth inning.
LVP: Omar Infante, -.134 WPA.  He followed up his MVP effort on Monday with an 0-for-4 night on Tuesday, headlined by an inning-killing GIDP with two men on in the second.  Oh well, can't win 'em all.  I still think the Braves have one of the best benches in the majors, which will come in mighty handy should there be October baseball in Atlanta.
MIP: Cody Ross's sixth-inning GIDP with one out and the bases loaded in a 3-2 game.  In a tight game, preventing runs in clutch situations is so very important.  The Marlins were in good shape until Moylan got Ross to bounce into the twin killing.
UotG: Credit the bullpen, .555 WPA. Moylan's performance is by far the most important, but the 'pen also got an inning apiece from Kris Medlen, Mike Gonzalez, and Rafael Soriano.  They combined to strike out five, with the only blemish being a solo home run surrendered by Soriano to Dan Uggla in the ninth.
CATC: After Omar Infante grounded into a double play with men on first and second to end the Braves second inning, 34.5% WE.  The Marlins led 2-1 at that point, but thereafter, Huddy settled into a nice groove and the offense started to get some things going.

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