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29 Sep

Phillies 5, Braves 4

In their penultimate game of the regular season, Atlanta simultaneously lost a tough game to the Phillies and their control over Home Field Advantage in the National League. That’s not insignificant. It’s true that HFA has not determined postseason success for the vast majority of teams in the wild card era, but it’s also true […]

15 Sep

Braves 2, Padres 1

It was a good night for the Braves. Yes, the team’s offense continued its recent futility; Atlanta has .295 wOBA over the past month, which is awful and near the bottom of both leagues. But behind an excellent Kris Medlen, the Braves won a close, low scoring game. The magic number for the division is […]

08 Sep

Phillies 6, Braves 5

Meh. The Braves lost their third in a row last night on a walk-off Freddy Galvis home run. It may well have been heart-breaking if the game meant more than post-season positioning. Maybe it was anyway. Either way, the Nationals, who won, are basically out of the picture, and the Dodgers, who lost, failed to […]

01 Sep

Braves 5, Marlins 4 (11 innings)

A cynic would note that wins are largely unimportant at this point. Atlanta’s NL East lead is practically insurmountable. It would definitely be great to secure home-field advantage in the NL – the Braves now have a 3-game lead on the West-leading Dodgers, and a 4-game lead on the Central-leading Pirates – but in the […]

25 Aug

Cardinals 6, Braves 2

The Braves have not reacted well to Jason Heyward’s injury. For the third straight game in St. Louis, the offense failed to materialize, the pitching was pedestrian, and the Braves lost. That, incidentally, makes for 5 losses in the last 7 games. There’s not a lot to say about this one. Shelby Miller out-dueled Julio Teheran, […]

18 Aug

Nationals 8, Braves 7 (15 innings)

So that’s what losing to the Nationals feels like. It had been awhile: since May 31st, actually. On that night Stephen Strasburg injured himself and Craig Stammen got the win. Last night, Stephen Strasburg got himself thrown out of the game and Craig Stammen got the win. If only the Nationals could replicate that blueprint into something approaching […]

27 Jul

Braves 2, Cardinals 0

For all of the talk about how the Braves need a top-of-the-rotation starter, the guys currently under contract are doing pretty damn well. Last night, Mike Minor pitched a gem to shut down a potent Cardinals offense. Today, Julio Teheran upstaged fellow youngster Joe Kelly to give the Braves a series win. Perhaps the current members of the Braves […]

21 Jul

White Sox 10, Braves 6

The good news is the Braves scored 6 runs again. The bad news is the other team scored 10 runs. The bad news outweighs the good, sadly. Things started well, as Atlanta jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Dan Uggla provided the big blow – a 2-run homer in the 2nd. An inning latter, Justin Upton singled […]

13 Jul

Braves 5, Reds 2

Mike Minor has pitched a few great games this season, without question. Yet of all of them, today’s gem was my favorite. The game started off the way too many Braves games have begun of late: with the opponent taking the lead. Minor did work around some trouble in the first, after loading the bases with one out, […]

30 Jun

Braves 11, D’Backs 5

You wouldn’t know it by looking at the final score, but this was actually a very close game until the bottom of the 8th inning. Only then did the Braves blow it open and, in the process, leave legions of fans breathing heavy sighs of relief. For those of us who have been watching closely these past few […]

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