They once had a fairly sizable lead over the second-place Washington Nationals in the National League East, but that advantage has now shrunk to just two games. They once had the best offense and the best pitching staff in baseball, but both have been inconsistent as of late. They once had MLB’s best record, but now they find several teams ahead of them.
An 18-12 mark isn’t anything to be disappointed about. It’s a pretty solid record. But after such a torrid start, it’s easy to see why it feels like a little bit of a letdown.
Never fear, Brian McCann is here. Atlanta’s six-time All-Star catcher, who hasn’t played this season after having offseason shoulder surgery, is expected to start on Monday when the Braves begin a three-game road series with the Cincinnati Reds.
Right fielder Jason Heyward will follow. Then relief pitcher Jonny Venters. Then starter Brandon Beachy — at least, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
So far, all the news on the aforementioned players has been positive, so if all goes as planned, the Braves have the potential to be even better than they were when they began the season 12-1, riding a 10-game winning streak.
That’s scary, folks. Not for Braves fans, but every other team in the league.
After all, it doesn’t get but one game better than 12-1.