How do the Braves view their chances to make the playoffs? Here are three views.
“This was a tough road trip,” Francoeur said. “You start to wonder, when you get stuck with three doubleheaders in a road trip, what fate turns out to be or what’s supposed to happen to your team.
Oh, it’s outside forces that are conspiring against the Braves.
“I can tell you personally my legs were wore out today in the second game. I think we’re all showing little signs of fatigue.” [Francoeur]
Yeah, before those double-headers the Braves were just awesome, a team everyone feared.
“We’ve got a 10-game homestand [beginning Friday]. Hopefully we can go 7-3, 8-2, and hopefully get that record up around .500.” [Francoeur]
I’m afraid those expectations are a bit low if the team wants to make the post-season. It’s September 7 and the lead is 7 games.
“We’re still not out of it,” McCann said. “We just have to do something we haven’t done this year — win 10, 12 ballgames in a row.”
Exactly, 7-3 isn’t going to cut it.
“We know [the Mets] are better [than the Braves],” Smoltz said, “but we’re not a below-.500 team. I hope there’s enough pride left in that clubhouse to at least try to find a way to get over .500. And if there isn’t, then I’ll be very disappointed.”