The Atlanta Braves have reversed momentum, and are currently riding a four game win streak. Fans are hoping this can continue.
Like the famous celluloid character, Sheriff Buford T. Justice, once said in his opening scene, “That was an attention getter.” The Atlanta Braves blasted the Milwaukee Brewers last night (11-3). They did this on the road. This was the 4th straight road win.
Already…2017 is better than 2016. It irked me then, and irks me now, when folks nonchalantly proffer that former Manager Fredi Gonzalez wouldn’t have done much better than current Manager Brian Snitker after last year’s miserable start, if given “more time”.
The 2017 version of the Atlanta Braves, while not championship grade or close to perfect, is night and day better than 2016 in terms of competing. This team plays with heart. This team plays with vigor. And that’s when things aren’t going well.
Rewind to just a couple of days ago. The Nationals came into Atlanta and swept the Braves. Our beloved Braves went on the road again (I’d like to have a discussion with whoever crafted this April schedule), and then got swept by the lowly Phillies. It’s one thing to get swept by the Nats (not pretty), but it’s something altogether different to get swept by Philadelphia (god-awful).
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So, did they go on a patented Fredi G. nine game losing streak? They could’ve. They still had a 3 game set on the road at the Mets. And then had another 3 game set on the road at Milwaukee (again….about that schedule). 2016 Braves would’ve been 1-9 at this point. I have no doubt. The 2017 Braves? They are 4-6.
That’s right. After Game 1 in New York was postponed due to weather, our beloved Braves took 2 there, and have now gone into Milwaukee and taken the first two of their 3 game series. They can complete a sweep on the road today at 2 PM EDT.
Look…these Braves aren’t going to win championships (although miracles do happen). But they also aren’t going to lay down and lose nine in a row. In fact, with Matt Kemp, Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte, and Tyler Flowers playing at this level, they could win nine in row.
The pendulum has swung. Let’s see how far it can swing. Swing away, boys. Swing away.