Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, September 23rd

Former Brave Willie Harris may have helped Atlanta get some breathing room in the playoff race. He certainly helped more than former Braves Omar Infante and Javier Vazquez.
Braves Wild Card Magic Number
Odds Of Braves Making Playoffs
5 (-1 change)
88.5% (+15.8% change)

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Cardinals collapse, Met score 6 runs in 9th to win  |
The St. Louis Cardinals manager insisted his playoff-hopeful team wouldn't be crushed after blowing a four-run cushion in the ninth inning and watching the New York Mets rally for an 8-6 win Thursday. "Don't make a mistake and say we're heartbroken," La Russa barked. "Our heart's beating. We won the series, get ready for tomorrow."

Did Willie Harris and Fukey just save the Braves season? " Rowland's Office
Willie Harris had some decent moments in Atlanta, including a 6-hit game that Jerome Jurenovich curiously named his greatest Braves memory. My favorite Willie moment just happened. The Mets entered the 9th down by four runs. Willie works the count full before drawing a lead-off walk. Nick Evans reaches after hitting a grounder to short, booted by our old pal Fukey. What should’ve been a double play becomes one of two plays involving ex-Braves that preserved the local nine’s playoff hopes. With the game tied at 6, Fernando Salas comes in and fans David Wright for the second out. Up comes Willie. Down to his last strike, Willie singles to right, scoring two. Mets take an 8-6 lead and the Cards go down feebly in the 9th.

If it continues, Braves collapse would be ignominious  |
With six games left in the season, the skidding Braves are on the precipice of dubious distinction, with the possibility of owning one of the worst collapses in baseball history unless they get their act together.

Young Braves pitchers provide foundation | News
"I know from my perspective looking at the team, whether it be as a former player or a fan, there are some arms to get excited about," Glavine said. "You can get excited about them, not only because they have a chance to be good in a given year -- they've got a chance to be good for a number of years. That's exciting." While current rookie starting pitchers Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran have the capability to establish a strong core that could continue to draw comparisons to the legendary group formed by Glavine, Smoltz and Greg Maddux, this group of young hurlers has encountered a path that has introduced them to pressure situations much sooner than the aforementioned Hall of Fame-caliber pitchers encountered.

Andy Thompson column: Menasha native Eric Hinske gives Atlanta Braves veteran leadership | Appleton Post Crescent |
Ten years ago, the Menasha native and former prep sports standout was the new kid on the block with the Toronto Blue Jays. Hinske was a quick study in learning what it took to be a successful professional baseball player, winning American League rookie of the year honors.

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