Just like that, the season is over for the Atlanta Braves. Wednesday night, on the final day of baseball's regular season, the Braves lost 4-3 in 13 innings to the Philidelphia Phillies in Atlanta. That gave the St. Louis Cardinals the National League Wild Card playoff spot--by virtue of their win over the Houston Astros.
Wednesday is major league baseball's final day of the regular season, and the Atlanta Braves have fallen into a tie for the National League Wild Card playoff spot. Should the Braves and Cardinals both win, or both lose their respective games Wednesday, a one game playoff will be held Thursday in St. Louis to determine the Wild Card winner. However, if one wins today while the other loses, the winner earns the wild card outright.
If the Atlanta Braves are to make a second straight playoff appearance, they'll have to do something over the next three nights they haven't done a lot of lately -- win. With three regular season games left, the Braves' lead for the National League's wild card playoff spot is down to one game over St. Louis.
The Braves’ baseball franchise won its 10,000th game on July 15th. The Braves are only the third team in history to achieve that mark—with wins threaded through Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta. The Braves’ fan base is strong as a recent nationwide poll of team popularity showed—where the Atlanta Braves rank third. Writer Jack Wilkinson taps into the history and popularity of the team with a new book -- “100 Things Braves Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”.
Harris Polling reports that for the third year in a row the Braves trailed only the Yankees and Red Sox in fan support. The Braves have been one of the most popular teams for over ten years, despite the fact that, according to Harris, baseball is less popular in the South. The survey also found the team as the fourth most popular choice to win this year’s World Series.
The Atlanta Braves pitching staff is receiving some unwanted headlines. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the team placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administration leave Friday. The moves comes after a California man accused McDowell of making homophobic comments, threatening remarks, and lewd gestures, as he and his family watched batting practice before a recent game against the San Francisco Giants.
It's the start of a new baseball season for the Atlanta Braves. The team opens their schedule Thursday afternoon in Washington against the Nationals. This will a season unlike any other the team has had for two decades. Fredi Gonzalez takes-over as manager, following future Hall of Famer Bobby Cox, who retired last October.
The Atlanta Braves have made a trade to bolster its offense. The team has acquired power-hitting and All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla from the Florida Marlins. In return, the Braves give up All-Star utility player Omar Infante, and young pitcher Mike Dunn.