In the wonderful game of Major League Baseball, not every win is a win and certainly not every loss is a loss. For the Atlanta Braves, the loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday evening was most certainly a win in many ways. Several things about the game went against the Braves including the final score but when you look closely, you see a postseason-worthy fighting spirit in this team that didn’t seem to be there just a few short weeks ago.
One of the biggest bright spots on the team lately has been catcher Evan Gattis. He showed once again last night why he is becoming a great replacement for the legendary Brian McCann. Young Tommy La Stella continued to build his reputation as a solid MLB hitter in any situation and the Braves put a four spot on the board in the ninth inning. You could look at almost any time over the course of the first part of the 2014 season and this Braves team would not have fought back for four runs against a good closer in the ninth. They can do it now though.
Most of this good offensive turn has happened without the usually reliable Freddie Freeman but he too looks to be getting into form once again. Both Uptons are hitting the ball well and all around this baseball team in Atlanta is beginning to look like one who can and will fight their way into and through the postseason this year unlike they have in years past. It won’t be perfect or a smooth road, but don’t be surprised if this team wins a playoff series or two in October or perhaps even wins it all.