The Atlanta Braves are on a great roll as they continue to steamroll through the National League. If that sounds like an untrue statement, it is because you are thinking about their overall play instead of how they have played against N.L. teams. Times are good for the Braves as long as they are playing a team from the senior circuit. When they have flipped over and played games against the American League however, things have looked just plain bad.
Here is a first place team that is 9 – 2 in their last 11 games against the National League. The exact same team is winless and looking flat in six games against the American League. Their win differential is negative 14 in their six defeats at the hands of the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Is there good news in this somewhere?
Actually there is a little bit of good news for Braves fans in this bad stretch. They still rock against the N.L. and that is where they need to play well to stay in first place and ultimately make the playoffs. That is good news. However, when it comes to planning for those games in October against the other league in the World Series, the news does not look good at all so far. At least they can plan to get to the fall classic though.