Few expected the Atlanta Braves to go on such a terrible run like they went on recently in the eight-game losing streak and basically winning only few games at all after the All-Star break. Just as many who thought that was shocking are likely just as surprised by the Braves’ sudden winning ways. Only the team they are chasing, the Washington Nationals, have a longer winning streak in all of MLB. What is the difference?
It is as simple as a bat cracking against a baseball and that ball landing over the outfield wall. The team that was classically known last year and this year for hitting home runs and striking out, suddenly was only striking out. Needless to say, a team that loses the home runs but keeps striking out is not going to win very many games that are not perfectly pitched and played.
Now the Braves have won five games in a row and look like one of the best teams in baseball after sweeping the best team this entire season in MLB, the Oakland Athletics. Whereas they looked to not have the kind of team that had what it takes to make the postseason just a few weeks ago, they now appear to be exactly the kind of team that no competing team wants to see get in.
Whether it is the A’s, Los Angeles Dodgers or any other team killing it in the regular season, they do not want to see a team get incredibly hot and find their way to the postseason. Whether the Braves will be able to sneak their way in or burn their way in is yet to be seen. If they do get in after having such a bad stretch, however, the rest of the teams had better watch out.