The Atlanta Braves lost the last game of an 11 game road trip, and look to come home for some home cooking and home flavor.
Of course, you write something great about a team, and they lose 2 hours later. Yes…our beloved Atlanta Braves lost Sunday (4-3), ending a very long road trip. But, all in all, the road trip was a modest success.
Now, generally, one shouldn’t consider going 4-7 “successful”. That’s because it’s not. But this 4-7 is different than most. This 4-7 actually feels OK.
As mentioned before, last year’s team would’ve folded after getting swept by a very bad Phillies team. This after getting swept at home by the Nationals. Last year’s team couldn’t beat back the bad breaks.
The 2017 Atlanta Braves, though, showed some punch and showed some moxy. To win two games at the New York Mets, and then to win a series in Milwaukee (2-1), shows that there is fight in this team.
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That said, Sunday was what folks call a “regression to the mean”. Meaning, they call streaks that for a reason. It takes a bunch of things to go right to put together high numbers of wins in a row.
Simply, the bats went cold. They had been red hot, and they took a day off. Which is a shame, because Mike Foltynewicz pitched a gem. Six strong innings with six strikeouts. He was un-hittable in the first three innings. That’s a positive sign.
Alas, the Braves did lose. One Brewer accounted for all their runs (4) on 2 HRs. He shall remain nameless. Kudos to them.
But here’s the thing…Atlanta won the series. And they won the series in New York. The great Bobby Cox used to talk about and emphasize winning each series. You do enough of that, and you are in good shape.
So, our beloved Atlanta Braves come home for a seven game stretch, before they have to leave again. The next series is a four game series with the….New York Mets…again.
This time it’s at home, though. And they have their own issues right now. The Atlanta Braves will be competitive over the next four games. In fact, if they can win this series, it will be three series wins in a row. That is a streak.