So not to sound like a bad fan, but chances are, these are the last 11 games for the Braves in 2009. We’re 5 games back in the NL Wild Card and Colorado is playing some tough baseball. Believe me though, I’d love to be wrong on that statement, but I just don’t see it happening.
However, the second half of this season has been exceptional for the Braves. Since the All-Star break, the Braves have played .603 baseball (38-25); a good enough winning percentage to be leading any division in baseball right now, save the AL East. Unfortunately, the games before the break (in which the Braves compiled a 43-45 record) count as well. And while our current 81-70 record is nothing to be disappointed over, it’s just tough to once again miss the playoffs after playing such great baseball. Either way, the team we have seen in the second half of the season is getting closer to the playoff-bound Braves teams of the past.
Since the All-Star break, the team hasn’t really let up. I’ll even go as far back to the beginning of July:
So back to the beginning of July, the Braves are 45-30 and haven’t come close to having a losing month. Equate that out over an entire season and the Braves would win 97 or 98 games. The real question is however, can the Braves make that a reality in 2010? Some things will have to change. The bullpen will need to stop wasting leads. The offense will need to come to life when our pitchers need the run support……..and we can’t get swept by the Reds when fighting for a playoff spot. I think starting pitching is locked up decently for the first time in awhile however.
What else needs to change or stay the same for a playoff run in 2010? Let’s go out and enjoy these last 11 games of the season. Who knows, anything can happen. Just ask the Mets.
Tags: 2009, playoffs
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