Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Billy Wagner: No Time For Blown Saves Now...

There are a couple of issues that are "looming large" with the Atlanta Braves right now. Since the All-Star break, the Braves have left a ton of men on base. I can recall several times when they have had the bases loaded with no outs and failed to score. Not only did they not get the clutch two out hit, they didn't get the none or one out RBI either. This was not a prevalent sign in May nor June. However, all teams go through peaks and valleys, so the key is not to dwell in the abyss for too long. The second issue is that during this second half run, the bullpen has to be clutch. There can be no blown leads as has been the case lately. The veteran closer Billy Wagner has got to be lights out in order for Atlanta to win the division. All games count, but every game now really stands out as the division race heats up with the Phillies only two games back. It's great to have the Braves back in the thick of the championship run again. They spoiled us with that fourteen year run of titles.

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