The Braves quietly ran off a nice winning streak, going 6-4 in the last 10 games to pull within 1.5 games of the Marlines. Chipper Jones is a regular firecracker – .415 AVG, 12 HR, 35 RBI, 36 R, 1.172 OPS. Bobby Cox is having so much fun with this bunch that he just signed a one year extension.
“I’m certainly going to end my career here,” Cox said. “There’s no doubt about that now. I’m happy. We’ve got great ballplayers. They’re fun to be around and it’s a fun team to be a part of. If it wasn’t fun, you should get out of the game, but I’m still having fun.”
I cannot imagine the Braves without Cox as the manager. If the Braves can hang on until help arrives from the DL (Smoltz, Gonzalez, and Soriano should all be back in the next few weeks) then they guys may actually have a shot to take this thing deep into October.
I am not sure what happened to the Bulldogs. They bounced back from last year’s disappointing year to win the SEC, get the top seed in the SEC tournament, only to be bounced in two straight games by Mississippi and Alabama.
Up next, the SEC Champion Bulldogs will likely play host to one of the 16 NCAA Regionals with the host sites announced on Sunday, May 25 at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPNews and NCAASports.com. The entire 64-team selection show can be seen live on ESPN on Monday, May 26 at 12:30 pm. EDT. NCAA Regional play begins May 30-June 2 at campus sites around the country.
Hopefully the Bulldogs got the loosing out of their system and will start a nice run to Omaha.