As we sit here today, roughly 25% of the way through the regular season, the Braves have had SIX calls against them proven wrong by replay. Over the course of an entire year, that averages out to a whopping 24 blown calls against our beloved Braves. That's hard enough to swallow for us diehard fans.
BUT... when you look at the percentages... you start to wonder and worry about whether or not the Braves have been getting royally screwed by MLB umps for years. Kent Hrbek in the 1991 series, anyone?
In close calls throughout MLB, the umpires have been wrong 48.2% of the time so far this year. When you think about it, that's a pretty pathetic number. It means the umps could have been completely blind and just flipped a coin and been just as accurate.
If nothing else, this proves that EVERY baseball fan has been ripped off by an umpire missing a call hundreds of times over a lifetime of watching games. On the other hand, I guess it also means that every fan has benefited from hundreds of calls that went his team's way when in reality they shouldn't have.
SO... why is it that the league average is 48.2% blown calls... yet the Braves have had 85.7% of the close calls against them be proven wrong? WTF?
There has to be a "human factors" explanation for this. It can't really be a Bud Selig conspiracy. Are the umps biased against the Braves because we are usually the better team, so the calls instinctively go to the underdogs? Or is it because we're the better team, we are able to do things (Andrelton's slide, Freddie's stretch) that umpires are not expecting?
Whatever the explanation, THANK GOD for instant replay in MLB thus far this season!!