Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stick A Fork In the Braves: Yep, They're Done

Mathematics say they are still in it. Actual performance on the field, along with negative intangibles says there will be no post-season play for the Atlanta Braves. After dropping their second consecutive home game to the lowly San Diego Padres last night, the Braves are clearly showing that they aren't quite ready for the playoffs. Playoff teams don't blow extra inning games at home down the stretch of a pennant (or wild card) race. Playoff teams don't blow early 3-run leads when they know every game is so important as the season's end draws ever closer.
As a team the Braves don't seem to be able to sustain the level of play they were displaying a week ago. And no single player has stepped up to carry the team on his shoulders. They do not have that "refuse to lose" attitude, but it might be because they really don't have that ability yet. I say 'yet' because I do think they are very close to being very good. They need to develop consistency and thus stay away from the peaks and valleys. Chipper is having an 'off' year, McCann is on the verge of being great, and they are a 'stud' centerfielder away from ruling the Eastern Division again. The team chemistry seems to be really good, and that's always a big plus. Perhaps package McClouth and Church together to obtain that guy in center, and here we go. They're close, it'll only be a year. Just not this year.

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