Every time I write about the Braves being in the thick of the playoff action, they prove me wrong, and start dropping games. While the NL East is a lost cause, the Braves are now within 3 games of the Wild Card. Will Hudson’s return give them enough of a boost to push them over the hump?
I still think this team is too flawed to make a serious push or if they make the Wild Card, to go very deep in the playoffs.
The starting pitching is deep enough, but as has happen in the past, a power outage or a leaky bullpen will let Atlanta down. Brian McCann (17) and Chipper Jones (16) are the Braves HR leaders. Rafael Soriano (20 SV) and Mike Gonzalez (9) are better setup guys than closers.