Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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I used to hate the Braves. Actually I still kinda do. In 1991, suddenly, all of my friends were Braves fans and I, being a Mets fan, found myself insanely jealous and resentful of all the success they got to witness while I watched Vince Coleman and Bobby Bo etc. tear down everything that was supposed to be for the Mets. Chipper's 1999 self-butchering of the team only made me hate them more and Andruw Jones' walk in run in the playoffs against my favorite Met team ever seemingly closed the chambers on all hope of reconciliation. Sometime last year, as I realized the Mets were finally going to win the East, I matured a bit, and decided that maybe these non-division champion Braves weren't so bad. They did have Smoltz, one of the coolest guys ever. They had Andruw, who was kind of the Braves' Manny. And, actually, I came to realize, Chipper wasn't so bad. He was actually kind of a stand up guy in some ways. I'll be the first to point out that the Braves 14 year run was one of the 5-10 most impressive organizational accomplishments in the history of baseball.

I write this as the Braves have just beaten the Phillies 10-6, pulling within three games of the wild card and 4 of the East leading Mets. It will be very difficult for the Braves to make the playoffs this late, involving as it will not only a continued surge but also a monumental collapse by some combination of the Phillies, the Padres, the Rockies, the Mets and/or the Diamondbacks. It could happen. But at this point it may seem a little too late.

Lost in all of this is the fact that the Braves, in some ways (i.e. run differential), have played just about as well as anyone in the NL. Among the powers in the NL, the Braves are 3rd in runs scored (well, second if you give the Rockies a penalty for the Coors effect) and 3rd behind the Cubs and Padres (who play in the pitching equivalent to Coors) in runs allowed. Their run differential, I'm fairly certain, is actually a bit better than the Mets and Phillies. Not so much better that one could suggest that the Braves should actually be four games up on the Mets rather than the other way around, but better to the extent that any reports in the last few weeks preceding the Braves' recent run of the team's imminent collapse were a bit ill informed.

Maybe this won't matter this year, but it could bode well for next year in which, with a good closer, another starter and some luck, the Braves could conceivably and seriously challenge for the title.

You wonder, though, if the window is closing. Chipper is 35. Andruw may or may not be getting old fast (even though he's only 30) and either way, may be gone in a month. Teixeira may or may not be around in '08. Smoltz, though still dominant, is really getting old. And Hudson is not getting any younger. Francouer and McCann are young and exciting. But is Chuck James really anything close to Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz? And if he's not, who is?

Who knows though, maybe the Braves will shock us all, win the East (or the wild card) this year, and begin another run. I hope not.


Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

i wonder how many errant searches for pornography are going to end up on this blog due to the title of this post.

9/26/2007 10:09 AM  
Blogger mcsquared said...

Andruw's fault.

9/26/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

If you believe Bill James' Pythagorean theorem of baseball, the Braves are 3 games better than the Mets.

9/27/2007 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too share in your dislike of the braves for reasons obvious to anyone who knows my western PA roots. While I can see softening that dislike somewhat as their dominance wanes, my thirst for Atlanta failure won't be fully quenched until they have 15 losing seasons in a row.


9/27/2007 9:33 AM  
Anonymous caddy said...

all i can say is, if i'm gonna watch the mets in post-season, i wanna see pedro rock some action.

9/27/2007 12:46 PM  
Blogger Babar said...

1964 phillies, 1995 angels, 2007 mets. my condolences, john.

10/01/2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

The Mets have been added to Sports Guy's Levels of Losing. It's like the slow death of a family member, apparently.

10/02/2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger mcsquared said...

i think of it more like knowing a girl wants to break up with you...but she just can't do it. and you kind of watch it happen in slow motion, knowing in your heart that it's bad, but not really admitting it's that bad until days after it (the breakup) happens. that's how i feel right now. more in my next post.

10/02/2007 5:46 PM  

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