On Monday night the Atlanta Braves won their 11th consecutive game with a 3 – 2 victory over the Washington Nationals. With that victory the Braves have a more than lengthy 13.5 game lead over second place. I’m sure this time the Braves actually are not thinking about the length of the winning streak but rather the 2013 MLB Playoffs that are just a couple of months away. Right now they look like the best team in the National League, if not all of baseball.
It is a good place to be in with the rest of August and September left to play. The Braves know better than anyone that they cannot get complacent or even that size lead could potentially vanish, though at this point it seems extremely unlikely. No matter how long this or any winning streak is, as long as they continue to play well, the Braves look to be in great position for the playoffs. They’ll be able to rest key players and get the rotation the way they want it. It is an ideal situation potentially, as long as they continue to play hard.
Justin Upton and Jason Heyward look like two of the best overall outfielders in the game and Chris Johnson has continued his hot hitting. Brian McCann is well in the process of making every single Braves fan pretend they do not know this is the final year of his contract. The starting rotation is working its way forward and getting in great shape despite the injury to leader Tim Hudson. All in all the situation in Atlanta couldn’t really get any better right now. As long as when their final little slump hits they recover quickly, the playoffs should be the next thing they have to worry about.