Just a few days ago I suggested that the Miami Marlins would end the Atlanta Braves win streak. The key was going to be the start by Nathan Eovaldi. Check out the prediction here. I was spot on in my prediction but I did not expect that the loss would be the most positive loss in history. Okay, that might be a stretch but to be sure the Braves are so hot that even when they lose, they somehow win. How is that possible? Because their young stud starting pitcher Alex Wood threw six near perfect shutout innings. See? What’d I tell you?
Eovaldi and Wood matched each other perfectly and nothing happened until the top of the ninth when the only run of the game scored on a wild pitch. What a way to lose a 14 game win streak? They not only know that Brandon Beachy is nearly back to form already but now they know that Wood looks to be ready for game 7 of the World Series in just a few starts at the MLB level. Could the news be any better? They can even blame the tossing of Chris Johnson for the loss if they want. Obviously the National League’s leading hitter would have been a big plus in a 0 – 0 game.
Now the Braves can feel free to go on about their business getting ready for the post season. They don’t have to worry about sticking Paul Maholm back in the starting rotation which means he will probably become the next left-hander out of the bullpen when he gets back. Other than the actual fact that they lost, the Braves couldn’t be any more pleased right now. They should go into a little funk here and there and be on absolute fire when the post season hits. Look out baseball; this could be the Braves year once again.