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Braves head to New York
Posted By John Morgo On Aug 4 2011 @ 8:21 pm In Atlanta,Atlanta Braves | No Comments
I’m trying out the new city tag of Atlanta for this post, an admission that I do tend to wander when writing these recaps/previews of the Braves. First thing, you may have heard a loud cheer emanating from our Philadelphia brethren. Yes, the Phils did sweep Colorado in Denver and now go to San Fran for a big weekend series. While they did that, the Braves went to Washington and only managed to take one game from the Nats, a 6-4 win yesterday. This was punctuated by Dan Uggla’s 3-run shot. More on Uggla in a second. The result of these two events is that the Braves now sit 8 games behind the Phils in the National League East. Barring a Metsian collapse (and with the Phillies rotation, plus the addition of Hunter Pence, this is extremely unlikely), the race is over. That’s okay, the Braves still hold a edge in the wildcard. It was five games, now (as of this writing)it is about 2 and a half over Arizona. Now for the middle series of this nine day stretch, the Mets. Okay, let me get this out of my system right here. The schedule maker gave the Braves an off-day today after an afternoon game for the Nats. And this to go to New York, which isn’t even an hour by plane (I wonder if they took the bus.) But there is no off day from New York to Miami for the series with the Fish next week? How much do you want to bet that MLB scheduled some ‘Fan Cave’ time for the Braves? It’s the only explanation I can think of. Wait, let me check Washington’s sked. Maybe they had somewhere to go? Nope, home with Colorado. Perfect sense. Back to Dan Uggla. His hitting streak reached 25 games. He’s batting .352 in that span and his season average has creeped to .215. He leads the team in dingers, and that 25 game streak is the fourth longest in team history. Freddie Freeman ran his streak to 18, and it’s good enough for him to be awarded the July Rookie of the Month. Congrats to Freddie. Now, some injury news. Brian McCann will be out about another week with strained oblique. Atlanta really needs his bat. They are 10-10 since the break. Also, Chipper Jones thinks he’s ready to return from his strained quad. This is different from his knee injuries that have been plaguing him all season. Finally, tomorrow night I’ll be at Norcross High School, for two reasons. I’m getting ready to do play-by-play for the Blue Devils this season on NHSBN.com, and it’s also Friday Night Lights, where the Atlanta Falcons (no longer locked out) will be conducting a scrimmage and practice. Since the Hawks might not play this campaign, I’ve got to have something to write about during the fall, besides my announcing duties at the high school and junior college levels. I hope to have something interesting to report this weekend.
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