By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on July 10, 2014
With their third straight loss to the New York Mets the Atlanta Braves have a healthy four game losing streak on the heels of a nine game winning streak. Some fans are probably worried about that, especially since it has left them in second place to the Washington Nationals. The fact of the matter is that this losing streak is really not a big deal at all. Here are five reasons that the current Braves losing streak is not a big deal at all.
Sometimes, when the Braves slump, it is because no one is hitting anything at all. That is not the case this time. The Braves are still getting people on base, they just aren’t knocking them in. Most of the time this is a case of the baseball simply not falling in. Even the Mets starter from the third game of the series pointed out that he was grateful that the hard-hit balls from the Braves seemed to find a glove.
Among some struggles for a starter here or there, it would be easy to worry about the pitching staff. The starters will probably be fine but the bullpen is still pitching very well. With the exception of possibly Luis Avilan, the rest of the guys out there have been pitching lights out. Certainly the top four or five are pitching great still.
It might not seem like much right now but remember how well Upton started hitting when he was moved to the leadoff spot. While the team is not winning, he is still hitting. He even was the only guy to drive in a run in Wednesday’s game. This was a good move and it continues to pay dividends.
Even after losing four games in a row the Braves are just a game back of the Nationals. That is not too bad considering the Braves have an easier schedule between now and when the two teams meet head to head in August.
We have all seen it before. There will be one big hit late. It could be a home run or a timely single but it will happen. The big hit that opens the floodgates and changes offensive momentum will happen and when it does, this team will win 8 of 10 games again. It will be fine. Don’t worry about this losing streak. Only worry if it gets to double-digits.
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