The Atlanta Braves were reeling from their first sweep of the season at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves played poorly and the Phillies did to the Braves what they hope to do to the St. Louis Cardinals…squash all hopes of being caught in the playoff races. The Phillies extended their big lead over the Braves to an insurmontAble lead. The Braves hope to mimic what Philadelphia did to them as they squashed any hopes of catching the Phillies in the NL East.
The Braves spirits were inevitably down heading into yesterday’s double header against the New York Mets. They had a 6.5 game lead in the wild card standings and were headed to St. Louis to play three games. It was conceivable that they could have lost ground to the Cardinals yesterday. However, the Braves gave rookie pitchers’ Mike Minor and Julio Teheran 11 runs of support to sweep the double-header. Minor settled down after giving up a gran slam in the first to pitch well. Teheran gave up one run and earned his first MLB win.
Chipper Jones batted second and had a great day at the plate, while Martin Prado moved down in the lineup and had four hits. This was done to try to jump start the offense. It worked yesterday.
Now the Braves are in St. Louis to face the Cardinals. The Card’s have given the Braves trouble the past two seasons, including a four game sweep in St. Louis last year.
The Braves need to learn from the Phillies on how to squash playoff hopes of people chasing you. That’s what they will try in St. Louis starting tonight.