Many Atlanta Braves fans have been dogging this team all season long. They say they cannot win because of manager Fredi Gonzalez, or because of the money tied up in free agency flops Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton. It is easy for a die-hard fan to say such fans are too negative, and for a while it looked like they might be. Unfortunately, in their September debut, the Braves showed how right the naysayers are by getting no-hit by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Every team gets no-hit now and then; it does happen. This is not one of those situations, however. Sure, the Phillies had Cole Hamels going for them, but he only went six innings. The rest of the game was pitched by a bullpen for the Phillies that is ranked 19th in the majors in ERA. Yet they still were able to keep the Braves off the board. But of course the news gets worse.
As the Braves try to catch the Washington Nationals, they have a golden chance this week as the Nats face the tough Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Braves facing the Phillies who are last in the NL East, the chance to gain ground is probably there. The Braves had their chances against Hamels as well. It isn’t that the ace just shut them down in a perfect game, they just could not get the big hit or any hit.
For the Braves it was the same old story. They score seven runs one night and can’t even manage a hit the next. If it wasn’t for an incredible start by Alex Wood, they would have lost the Miami Marlins‘ series finale as well. This team is showing every day why big changes need to be made in the offseason. From the GM to the manager and on down through the team, big changes are needed.