I know you’re confused, as well you should be. The title of this article should have you baffled, befuddled and bewildered.
I mean, I couldn’t actually want the Atlanta Braves to struggle, could I?
No, certainly not.
But better now than a month from now, or two months from now.
You see, while I hate the fact that the Braves’ massive lead in the National League East had shrunk from 16 games down to a measly 13 prior to Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, leaving them with a MLB-best record of 77-51, I am happy to say that I don’t think they will be playing this poorly as the regular season wraps up and the playoffs begin. In fact, I’m absolutely confident that they will be back to their usual selves.
How can I be so sure?
Because this is a streaky team, one that can put together double-digit winning streaks just as well as it can drop three of four or six of eight.
With that said, I think it’s best that the Braves are struggling in late August rather than late September or any time in October, because sooner or later the baseball gods will turn things in their favor.
Their injured players — including outfielders Jason Heyward and Reed Johnson, second baseman Dan Uggla and starting pitcher Brandon Beachy — will get healthy. Their cold bats — perhaps even center fielder B.J. Upton, who many have called a failure in his first year in Atlanta — will start to hit. Their starting pitchers — who haven’t gotten much run support lately — will start racking up wins.
There will be no September collapse this year because, well, it’s only August.
So don’t fret, Braves Country. All is well with your club.
Well, not yet. But it will be.
This team is built for October, and it won’t rest until it achieves its lofty goals.