At The Break As The Best Team In The National League

Written by Jonathan on July 12, 2010 – 3:43 pm

If only this Atlanta Braves team could do everything I wished for, we’d be set for years to come.  Ten days ago, with 9 important division games standing between the Braves and the All-Star Break, I asked for 3 series wins to finish out the front half of the season. Sure enough, here we are at the break after doing just that.  The Braves took 2-1 series wins over the Marlins, Phillies and Mets bringing the team record to 52-36 to this point.

The Braves sit 4 games atop the National League East with a 4 game lead over the Mets and a 4.5 game lead over the Phillies.  The  Marlins and Nationals round out the division 10 and 13.5 games back respectively.

The first half of the season was far from perfect however.  We’ve tried our best to forget about the abysmal baseball the Braves were playing in April, culminating with a 9-game losing streak.  Injuries have hampered the team at times.  Heyward and Diaz have missed time along with Jair Jurrjens.  Diaz and Jurrjens have recently returned to the squad and things are looking up on that front.  Jason Heyward has decided to sit out in his first All-Star selection to rest his injured thumb.  He should be back in the lineup for the Braves shortly after the break and hopefully picking up where he left off before the injury.

It’s a much needed break for the team, with the exception of the Braves’s 5 All-Stars (6 counting Billy Wagner who will not take part in All-Star festivities).  Here’s hoping the team will come out firing on all cylinders after the break, much like they did in the 2009 season.   It’s great to see winning baseball back in Atlanta and like I said, if the Braves just keep winning series, there will be a little extra baseball around the Ted come October.


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7 Responses to “At The Break As The Best Team In The National League”

  1. By bnix on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    As a life-long Braves fan, am happy to see my team back on the right track. But I still think we are a bat short of being a World Series contender. However, I certainly don't want to trade away any Top 100 talent (and the Braves have plenty Top 100 prospects). Josh Willingham would be a nice fit int he middle of the lineup.

    p.s. It's nice to see the Phillies on the decline: http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2010/7/12/156511

  2. By josh on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    B-MAC MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is it a sign? Loving life as a Braves fan

  3. By Helen on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    Go Braves! We've been waiting for this ever since the infamous strike in the 90s. At long last, we stand a real chance.

  4. By gabe on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    having a big bat would not hurt..someone like hart or willingham…iv been a brave fan since dale murphy, bob horner, chris chambliss …go braves

  5. By josh on Jul 14, 2010 | Reply

    Goodbye Yunel Escobar and hello Alex Gonzalez!!!! Go Braves!!

  6. By John on Jul 15, 2010 | Reply

    The Braves still need a left handed starter……..

  7. By Durf on Jul 21, 2010 | Reply

    we should make a move in the outfield…our corners are good but melky, and nate just aren't cutting it…so hopefully the wren the magician can find someone with a bat and quality glove to fill the offensive hole in center

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