This pre-season the Atlanta Braves were picked to be a pretty bad team. And it had to do with the off-season trades of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward. All the predictions has them finishing forth in the NL East. Well, it looks like they are living up to the not so high standards we were holding them to.
At the beginning of the season the Braves looked like they were not going to be as bad as we thought. After the first 20 games they had a .500 record, winning the first seven straight. But, now we are in September and things have changed.
As of today, September 7, the Braves are 21.5 games out of 1st place. Their record, 54-83. And since August 26, they are one a 11 game losing streak. Over this losing streak, they have been swept by the Yankees, Marlins, and Nationals. They also gave up double digit runs three times. Twice against the Yankees which included one game with 20 runs allowed and another with 15. They also gave up 15 to the Nationals in the opening game of their weekend series.
In their game yesterday versus the Nationals, the starting pitcher was gone after only two innings. This lead to 4 bullpen pitchers being used and one was started Matt Wisler. Also, in this game, we seen Michael Bourn missing a fly ball in CF because of the sun. Later in the same inning, 3rd baseman Adonis Garcia missed a ground ball in the infield because he was trying to bare hand it. Announcers, Joe Simpson and Chip Caray even said that the way they are playing is just bad.
They begin a three game series with the Phillies today. The Phillies are a game behind the Braves in the standings. If they lose the series to the Phillies, the Braves will officially be in last place.