So it’s getting a bit harder to not be worried about the Braves and their chances at the playoffs. While they still hold the lead and have the best chance of winning the Wild Card, the feeling is fairly dismal around these parts. The Braves simply haven’t done much in any department lately.
And it continued tonight as Javy Vazquez continued his second half surge. For seven innings, he ran roughshod through the lineup, and the Braves were the same impatient team they’ve been for most of the season. Vazquez was certainly good, though, and he looked more like the guy the Braves unleashed on the rest of the world in 2009. But it was a very ho-hum game from beginning to end-- 2 and half hours, a good but not great pitching performance from Lowe, and a terrible offense--without much to talk about in between … well about the game anyway.
The only real talk remains about the Braves’ chances of remaining in the Wild Card lead, but let’s look at the facts. There are six games left. The Cardinals have the easier road remaining with the Cubs and the Astros while the Braves have the Nationals and Phillies. While the Phillies look bad and might want to spoil it for Atlanta, they aren’t likely to pitch more than one of the Big Three to set up for the playoffs, but they’re a talented team regardless. The magic number remains six, and though it may be 5 by an hour or so after this posting, the race will probably come down to the last series of the year. If the Braves can just win 3, the Cardinals would have to win 5. If they win 2, the Cardinals need 4.
I know it’s hard, and I know it sucks. I sit in agony in much the same way many of you do, but even though the team seems to be just bleeding this away, the Braves are still in the driver’s seat. And as for an example of how quickly things turn, remember the 2009 Braves? They were 19-3 and coming up hard on the Wild Card, but a seven-game losing streak ended the season and the team’s hopes of making the playoffs. Hot streaks and cold streaks just don’t last. We just have to hope that fortunes turn soon.no comments