With 49 regular season game remaining, the Braves trail the Nationals by 4.5 games for the NL East title, and are currently tied with Pittsburgh for the top spot in the new Wild Card circus.
This season MLB has decided to send two wild card teams from each league to a one game death match. I guess the season wasn’t long enough already so we added a freak show one game baloney hunk to the menu. This ain’t the NHL fellas, quit screwing with the format before you ruin it. But I digress…
Anyway, Atlanta has 49 games to make up 4.5 on Washington. Not an easy task, but not impossible either. Here are four good reasons the Braves have a decent chance of winning the division out right.
Atlanta has it easier the rest of the way while Washington has to play the Cardinals six times, we get the Brewers.
2 – While The Nats have a strong pitching staff it will lose Strasburg before the end of the season. He has pitched 133.1 innings with that 160 limit dead ahead. Meanwhile, the Braves have been adding arms. While not exactly over powering, they have Medlen, Sheets and Maholm to try a patch work system through the rest of the season. They might even be able to go to a six man rotation.
3 – Somebody woke up Uggla. In his last 7 games he is hitting .412 and we all know he is a streaky hitter.
4 – It looks like Simmons will make it back for September.