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Inter-league No Problem for Atlanta
Posted By Bill Furey On Jun 22 2010 @ 3:07 pm In Atlanta Braves | No Comments
So here we are smack dab in the middle of June, and the Atlanta Braves are making the American League their bleep. The Braves have played series against some of the AL’s best including the Rays, and Twins and took 2 of 3 from both. In fact Atlanta has posted an inter-league best 7-2 record with 3 games series with the White Sox, and Tigers still to come.
ESPN’s latest power rankings have Atlanta ranked 4th in Major League baseball only behind the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays. Although being ranked 4th is pretty legitimate I am not quite satisfied with that placement. I think out of those top 4 teams Atlanta has the easiest road ahead. The Yankees, Sox, and Ray’s will be forced to beat up on each other for the remainder of the season due to being jammed in baseballs best division the AL East. The Braves road may be a little easier, but it is no walk in the park by any means.
Atlanta leads the NL East over New York by only 2.5 games. There is no question about it the Met’s are just as hot as Atlanta right now. Competition is what makes America great, and judging by the amount of competition in the NL, and AL East it proves to be even more true. As much as these teams beat up on each other in there divisional games they become better teams because of it.
There has been some speculation of Chipper Jones retiring, but he laid that to rest until after the season. Jones is only hitting .250 with 4 home runs, but doesn’t want his 1st place Braves to have any kind of distraction. How perfect of an ending to an already stellar career would it be for Chipper Jones, and Bobby Cox to go out on top?
Atlanta’s offense has been in large part to Martin Prado who is hitting .339 which leads all National League 2nd basemen. Prado has come out of no where and has taken up a much needed leadership role. Troy Glaus is back to his old ways with 14 jacks, and 55 RBI’s. Both Derek Lowe, and Tim Hudson are on pace for 20 win seasons with Tommy Hanson not far behind. The trio is starting to remind me of the Maddux, Glavin, Smoltz days.
Atlanta looks to continue their dominance over the American League tonight at US Cellular field against the Chicago White Sox. The game begins tonight at8:35pm et with Tommy Hanson (7-3) taking the bump for the Braves.
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