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.
Tags: All-Star Break, Braves All-Stars, Jason Heyward
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