Braves Pissing Away Playoffs

Atlanta Braves 2006 LogoIf this is in fact how it will end; what an unbelievably disappointing way for the Braves to close out their last season under legendary skipper Bobby Cox. The Braves are now .5 back of San Diego in the Wild Card chase.

The Braves are in a major tailspin, which comes at the worst possible time. As the Phillies have been torching the competition, winning 11 in a row, and rising to the best record in baseball, the Braves have been beset with four straight loses, dropping 6 of 10, including three in a row to the before mentioned best team in baseball! Ouch. So much for the Braves having any shot at the NL East title.

What about the Braves’ Wild Card aspirations? Atlanta now has to overcome San Francisco and San Diego, one of which will take the NL West title, while the other has a real opportunity to muscle Atlanta right out of the playoff picture. Monkey nuts!

There is nothing left for the Braves to do except put on their cups, dust off their jerseys, and pull up their bootstraps to make a final surge at the Playoffs. If anyone can keep a team levelheaded and prevent panicking, it is Bobby Cox. The question is can the Braves send Cox off the right way, with one last gallop into the Playoffs? It will suck royally if Cox’s final campaign ends with the Braves falling flat at the finish line.

The good news is that the Braves only have two more road games at Washington, followed by three at home with Florida, and three at home with Philadelphia. The Braves have been horrendous on the road (34-45), so a trip back to Turner Field may be just what the doctor order. While Cox attempts to right the ship, the Giants and Padres will wrap up the season with a three game set in San Diego. Should make for some interesting drama.

Go Braves!

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