It was just a few days ago that the Atlanta Braves looked unbeatable in the midst of a ten game winning streak. Their record was at 12 – 2 and the division was far in the rearview mirror. One little loss to the Kansas City Royals has now started a streak where they have lost 4 of their last 5 games. That includes the just completed series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates won 3 of 4 in the series, ended Paul Maholm’s scoreless innings streak and held the powerful offense well in check.
Honestly, the Braves should have expected such a streak. It’s kind of baseball physics. There is no way to play .900 percentage baseball all season long. It ebbs and flows; there is always give and take in all baseball matters. The Braves were unbeatable for a while to start the season, showing part of what they are capable of. Now they are having to tough it out through a stretch where, for the first time the season things aren’t going their way.
As great as the unbeatable times are, it is the tough times that turn a talented bunch of guys into a baseball team. Chris Johnson has stepped up in this period of time and likely will get the everyday third base job because of it. Freddie Freeman will come back and fill his huge role for the offense.
Perhaps the best thing about a losing skid for the Braves is the coming return of Brian McCann. I don’t know about you but I was beginning to wonder where they would put him. Now, after such a streak that is likely to continue with two very tough series coming next, McCann’s clutch bat is exactly what this team needs. It’s funny how the hard times build the team. This team will emerge out the other side of this even better than they were before. The best of the best news is that their start might keep them in or close to first place through the hard times.