With two losses in a row to the last place Arizona Diamondbacks, the Atlanta Braves have fallen into a three-way tie for first place in the National League East. While on the surface this looks to be a very bad thing for the Braves, that could be misleading. We will have to look below the surface to see the good things going on for the Braves and why losing first place all together might be the best thing for the team as a whole. Allow me to explain.
Just a couple of days before the Dbacks series started, the Braves couldn’t buy a run scored. I mean they went 19 innings, plus without scoring a single run. That’s really bad for any offense. Sure, they lost two of three in Arizona but there were good things going on. They scored runs when they needed to. Offensively, they had enough there to win all three games and would have won the second game if it weren’t for the rare blown save by Craig Kimbrel.
On Sunday they had the lead and then lost it big time but battled back almost all the way to tie in the eighth and ninth innings. That is a huge plus offensively. As has been the case for the last week or so, a few guys need to be shifted around in the bullpen. With the coming return of Jordan Walden from the DL, look for one more trouble-maker out there to get a shift to triple-A or elsewhere.
The Braves always have a tough time beating Arizona in Arizona for some reason. Unfortunately they also have trouble historically beating the Colorado Rockies in their home stadium. Chances are, the Braves will fall out of first place in the next several days. When they do, try to see the good things they are doing that will lead to them being a more solid team for the second two-thirds of the season.