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Watching the Braves slowly die

Sep 15, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

I can’t decide if watching John Lannan shut down the Braves is worse than watching Livan Hernandez do it, but hey, at least I have recent data points on both of those things in order to make an informed comparison!  The Braves dropped yet another game they had no business dropping if they plan on playing past October 3rd, losing 4-2 to the Nationals this afternoon.

All of the Nats runs came on a Justin Maxwell grand slam in the second inning. The Braves scored a run on a groundout and an RBI single. They ran out of multiple other opportunities, however, with Martin Prado getting nailed at the plate once and Jason Heyward getting called out when he couldn’t avoid a batted ball while running the bases. It was pretty dreadful.

The Braves are now 2.5 back pending tonight’s Phillies-Marlins game. It may be more useful for Braves fans to watch the wild card standings, however. They’re a game up there, though tied in the loss column.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    Not to rub it in, or sound like a Jerk but, WOOT WOOT!! with a fist pump of course.

  2. Wooden U Lykteneau - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    New York-style parochialism and Craig are not as distant to each other as they think.

  3. Kiwicricket - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    It must be rather painful for you. Here is something to lighten the mood…Get Troy and his utterly preposterous hair on a blog today. He’s got 7RBI through 5 innings and stuff dangling from the back of his scull Billy Ray would die for.

  4. FlyEaglesFly - Sep 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    Let’s Go Phils!!!

  5. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    come on bravos, i’d like to see a rematch of the ’91 world series and we can’t do it withoutcha! in all seriousness. despite being a rabid twins fan, my dad grew up cheering for the milwaukee braves and followed them to atlanta as well. so I watched my fair share of braves games on TBS in the 90’s and still hold a soft spot in my heart for that team.

  6. Omega - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Stranded 7 baserunners. Not many teams are gonna win games doing that. And your rookie pitcher Minor serving up one juicy fastball doesn’t spell the end of the Braves season.
    As a Rockies and Cubs fan, I can’t believe I just came to the defense of the Braves…I may need to take a shower when I get home. That being said, I have all the respect in the world for Bobby Cox and think he has pulled one hell of a season out of a banged up team for his swansong.
    I Would love to see him manage at least one more post season series. He has earned it.

  7. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Craig, look on the bright side: you looked like a genius until the beginning of September. That’s a lot more than most of us can say, isn’t it?

  8. Utley's hair - Sep 15, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Take solace, Craig, in the fact that it’ll (or at least should, with Doc out there tonight) be 3 games back with 16(?) to go. The Phightins proved a few years back that two-and-a-half times that is not an insurmountable lead. Not that it’ll happen, mind you, but it’s not unheard of…right Mutts fans?

  9. squid0813 - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

    It doesnt get much easier for the braves either. Hamels, Halladay, Oswalt in all 6 games they got against the Phils.

  10. Old Gator - Sep 15, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    The grounds crew of the strange attractor are dusting off their welcome mat for the Feesh again. Sorry Scrooge McLoria’s bundchen couldn’t be more help, Craig.

  11. matt - Sep 15, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    You have hope Craig. Halladay is leaking some oil, which is why Charlie took him out tonight after only 6. He then reversed that good decision by trying to blow Lidge’s elbow out by making him (and Madson and durbin) pitch in meaningless mop-up duty. You put the scrubs in and if they get jammed up, then bring in Madson and Lidge. Last week, Madson’s arm is hanging by a thread and Lidge has elbow soreness. Why wouldnt you pitch Lidge tonight to mop up after he pitched last night?? Nice job Charlie!!

  12. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Eh. They’ve got a day off today. Lidge and Madson can take a breather.

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