Same Old Sad Braves Song

Hats off to Chris Johnson

Hats off to Chris Johnson

Atlanta Braves fans, who have followed the team since the early 90s, have been disappointed often over the years.  Exciting, competitive Braves teams, have seemingly turned to jelly, more times than not, in the postseason.

The Braves postseason pitching always seems to range from good to outstanding, while the hitting ranges from below average to horror show.  While the pitching did actually show some chinks in the armor against the Dodgers, the Braves postseason hitting was poor as usual.

How many times have we seen Braves hitters who rake all season, get into the playoffs and look like Little Leaguers?  Brian McCann was 0 for 13 against the Dodgers, with 6 strikeouts, including 4 K’s in the fourth and final game.  I don’t care if Clayton Kershaw or Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale was on the mound, that was ridiculous.

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McCann’s performance in this year’s postseason is going to make it a lot easier to see him go elsewhere after the season.

Jason Heyward hit .143 against Los Angeles and Elliott Johnson had only one hit, albeit it the big triple in the final game. Heyward’s big moment was when he hit the meaningless 2-run homer in the 9th inning of game three.

Despite all the money they make, the Uptons and Uggla gave the Braves squat in the postseason.  Uggla wasn’t good enough to make the roster, B.J. wasn’t good enough to start and went 0 for 3 in pinch-hitting duty, and Justin Upton carried his post-April disappointing play into the postseason, hitting only .143.  Almost $40 million of a $90 million payroll and the Braves got bupkus from them.

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Congratulations to Chris Johnson, who unlike most of his teammates, manned up in the postseason and hit .438, with 5 RBIs, Evan Gattis who hit .357, with a .438 OBP, Freddie Freeman who hit .313 and Andrelton Simmons, who hit .250, with a .357 OBP and 2 RBIs.  Also, special congrats to Jose Constanza who got the big hit in game four to drive in Elliott Johnson, to put the Braves ahead 3-2 late in the game.

But despite heroics from a few valiant Braves hitters, it was the same old sad Braves song…

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David from Athens, Al
David from Athens, Al

Jason had a big hit with the two run single in their only victory. How quickly we forget or do no research!

J Harris
J Harris

Good point, but they decided to forget that. I think he was talking about getting hits that matter in decisive situations. McCann will dumped and so will Uggla. I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded Heyward within the division and get an ace picture. I would to see the Braves get Cole Hammels or Gio Gonzales. They need an ace to match up with Kershaw, Lirano, and Wainright. The Dodgers, Cardinals, Pirates, and the Nationals are going to dominate the rest of this decade and wouldn’t be surprised if they won 4 or 5 championships between them.

rogerheld
rogerheld
I agree with the first commenter about Jason. He did have a couple of moments, but he must be miscast in CF – he did not seem to play like his usual aggressive self. I disagree about Justin. He drew several key walks during the games. I haven’t looked but I bet his OBP was not bad. In the 2-hole, walks are a good thing. That was my key reason for thinking having Uggla on the bench would have been better than BJ – the walks. One lucky HR from Uggla along with a few walks would have changed the… Read more »
Atl59braves
Atl59braves

Same old sad song sums it up. When hot, the Braves are an awesome team to watch…but when they are cold, they are the worst of the worsrt. 42 strikeouts in a 4 game series is embarassing and a recipe for a series loss. Learn to at least put a bat on the ball and see what happens.

Mike Crowe
Mike Crowe

Right. I noticed the players that Jim gave the kudos to for swinging well in the postseason are the ones who have a history of making contact and having good at bats. Surprise. I hope managment had a pen and paper and were making notes. For the life of me I just can’t understand signing and playing free swinging power hitters who tally up the stikeouts and generally give away at bats.

J Harris
J Harris

They should be ashamed of themselves and they should apologize for their crappy performance in the playoffs.

BravesBeliever
BravesBeliever
“Building for the future.” I despise this term. I hate it. I think it is a failed strategy most of the time. I think it is a poor excuse for losing. I think it engenders an attitude that, by definition, does not presuppose winning, which EVERY team should have as their goal every game. However, while I have not even heard anyone use this term in relation to the Braves, I believe that, inadvertent though it may be, that is exactly what happened in 2013. I think that, based on their injury trials and poor star-level performance tribulations, especially at… Read more »
Lee

Well said BravesBeliever…thank you for your always insightful and spot on comments all season. Hope to see you again in 2014!

BravesBeliever
BravesBeliever

Thanks so much, Lee. Yeah, I’ll be here at first pitch of Spring training! Can’t wait, in fact. Love my Braves. Dreading the next 5 months or so of baseball void. Worst part of the year! Have a great winter, Lee, and I look forward to hearing from you in the upcoming season and, hopefully the preseason leading up to it. I genuinely believe 2014 is going to be an even Braver year than 2013!

Lee

I, too, am dreading the 5 month recess. I’m hoping that your speculation of a more explosive, consistent offense next season comes to fruition. I’ll be watching! Have a terrific winter, & will look forward to seeing you in the spring.
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