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Playoff Race: Braves lose, still get closer

Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:10 am
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By Matt Snyder

The Braves lost again Monday night, meaning they're now 9-16 in September. Still, they inched closer to the NL wild card, as the Cardinals fell in extra innings to the Astros. So the Braves' magic number is now two, meaning any combination of Braves' wins and Cardinals' losses that equals two clinches the wild card for Atlanta. The good news for the Braves is that's pretty easy to close. The good news for the Cardinals is there are only four total games left between the two squads and the Braves are scuffling.

Atlanta Braves
89-71
Remaining schedule: 2 v. PHI
Tuesday's pitching matchup: Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92) faces Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86) of the Phillies. Oswalt has fared very well against the Braves the past two seasons, though he's been shelled two of his past three outings overall (by the Astros and Nationals, with a good outing against the Cardinals in between). Lowe has been mediocre against the Phillies this season and he has an 8.24 ERA in September. The Braves have lost his past four starts and nine of his past 12.

St. Louis Cardinals
88-72, 1 GB
Remaining schedule: 2 @ HOU
Tuesday's pitching matchup: Jake Westbrook (12-9, 4.48) takes on Houston's Henry Sosa (3-5, 4.68). Westbrook is 2-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two starts against the Astros this year, but that seems a bit deceptive. He allowed 20 baserunners in just 11 1/3 innings over those starts. The Cardinals have lost three of his past four starts, though he hasn't been bad (2.61 September ERA). Sosa has never faced the Cardinals.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Playoff Race: Braves lose, still get closer

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Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Playoff Race: Braves lose, still get closer

The Braves just really missed a cash-cow opportunity last off season. I seriously thnk they should have made Chipper Jones a Player-manager this past season before it started. They would have sold a ton of season tickets because fans across the South love Chipper Jones. The receipts from the gate would have been amazing.  The bench coach would have been able to help Chipper so that he would not have been distracted from his field duties. Also, it would give Chipper something to do during his injured stints :)  The Braves upper level management just isn't on top of things these days. They should have thought of this.



Since: Nov 6, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Playoff Race: Braves lose, still get closer

I agree that Fredi is a terrible manager, i would not even let Lowe in the ballpark after the month he had, let alone pitch him when the season is on the line. Lets hope he is on a short leash. But if I know fredi, he will let lowe picth us to a defeat, which will be especially puzzling in light of the short leash he had delgado on last night, even though he pitched better than lowe has all season, the game was tied and it was only the  6th inning. Which made no sense to nobody but fredi. Not to mention he allowed Diaz to hit against a righty in the 7th when we had  ton of righties better than diaz on the bench. terrible manager, no way around it. lets hope he gets fired.  


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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 3:34 am
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Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:55 am
 

Playoff Race: Braves lose, still get closer

The Braves are  really  going to trot Lowe out there for a game they need to win?????? Lowe does not belong in the rotation anymore. Fredi is just as bad as booby ever was.  You just can't keep expecting different results by doing the same thing. Unbelievable.


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