Cynicism Nutshell: Following two consecutive inter-divisional series losses, the Braves (13-18) now sit in last place in the N.L. East and are six games behind the division-leading Phillies.
The Atlanta offense ranks 15th (out of 16 teams) in the National League with a .232 team batting average but ranks first in gut-wrenching disappointmentnot an official statistic, yet.
Kudos to Bobby Cox for playing musical chairs with the third spot in the lineup for Sunday afternoons series finale, but Im not too sure if Melky Cabrera (.192, 0 HR, 8 RBIs) is the best option.
The Bad: Lets just stick with the obvious: a batting order with four position players batting under .200 aint gonna cut it.
With Chipper, Escobar and Heyward on the shelf due to injury and Brian McCann revisiting his ophthalmologist, runs have been hard to come byscoring an average of 3.5 runs over their last 30 games.
As hard as it is to win with an average offense consisting of only three of four decent hitters, its nearly impossible to win with one of the leagues most pathetic lineups whose only complete hitter should be a sophomore in college.
The Worst: Can somebody please get a hold of one?
Not only is the Braves offense incapable of scoring runs but they're just plain boring to watch.
Atlanta had a total of two, count 'em, TWO extra base hits in the three games in Philly and currently boasts the third-lowest slugging percentage (.337) in the Majors.
So what does that number mean exactly?
It means that on the seldom occasion when the Braves do get a hit, it's more than likely a dribbling single or a lazy pop fly that lands just short of an outfielder's feet.
If you're not going to win games, at least be somewhat entertaining by knocking an occasional home run or two---something that only one Brave not named Heyward has done this month.
The Apocalyptic: The hole isn't getting any shallower.
The Braves now find themselves closer to the league's most inept teams---only 4.5 games ahead of the lowly Baltimore Orioles (9-23)---than the teams at the top of their own division (6 games back of Philly).
That's not good.
Despite the fact that a baseball season consists of 162 games, almost a fifth of the 2010 edition is in the books and Atlanta is still looking up at four teams in the NL East with no sign of figuring things out.
Ya know, things like hitting and fielding (.979 fielding percentage)---third-lowest in the NL---just those fundamentals of the game that somehow prevent the Braves from winning games.
Strange, I know.
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