For the rest of the season we'll keep a daily tally of the Atlanta Braves chances of making the post season, along with daily commentary. Also consider this a daily open thread for general chatting.
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Dern. That's mostly what you can say about this game. The Braves mounted a great comeback in the sixth, but didn't do anything else the rest of the game. My presence at this game was not enough to turn the tables, and I don't know what it looked like from the TV, but in person the Braves seemed to be playing a bit flat, dragging the whole game.
That's not hard to believe since this was an early day game after a night game, but this is the postseason stretch run and it's time for these players to buckle down, put the rigors of the long season out of their mind and bring it every game. There was a lot of slow walking off the field between innings. No one seemed to have a pep in their step.
Thankfully the Phillies also lost and the Braves still retain sole possession of first place... for now. For some reason it feels inevitable that the Phillies will overtake us at some point. I'm not saying they'll stay if first if they get there, but it just seems like first place in the NL East is going to be swapped back and forth between these two teams for the rest of the season.
Nate McLouth looked good today. Let's hope that's not a mirage. We need at least one of our center fielders to contribute something considerably more than a .200/.300/.300. I won't be convinced of any McLouth resurgence until several back to back games like today.
I never thought I'd say "phew" to hear that Derek Lowe will be able to make his next start. Kenshin Kawakami is done with the Braves one way or another. Maybe pitching more gingerly will make Lowe's sinker more effective, as he won't be trying to overthrow.
Perhaps the only good part about Sunday's loss is that it will give the Marlins momentum heading into their four-game series with the Phillies, which includes a double-header today.