All year we’ve been taking a look back at the silver anniversary of the worst team in Atlanta Braves history. The ’88 squad finished its season on the road vs. the Reds, three days after losing their home finale to the ‘Stros before 5,789 (which was more than the combined attendance of the first two games of the Houston series). They would lose Game 160 — two postponed games were not made up because, well, what was the point — to Cincy, 1-0. Keith Brown accounted for half his career victories in the season finale, combining with three relievers on a six-hit shutout.
As bad at that team was, no one in the Braves starting line-up that day had a BA as low as Dan Uggla’s .179 Uggla gets the start today with Chris Johnson out, a move that has nothing to do with last night’s dust-up with TP. It seems like TP may have over-reacted but the Office is always going to give the ’91 MVP the benefit of the doubt. TP has never gotten the proper recognition by Braves fans, many of whom were willing to throw him under the bus for Jeff Francoeur’s struggles.
Anyway, Johnson apologized and took the blame, so all is well. The Braves need some help from the Cubs to gain home field advantage throughout and, more importantly, avoid a first round match-up with the Dodgers. But L.A. is hurting, with Kemp and Ethier both questionable for the playoffs. Unfortunately for opposing hitters, Kershaw and Greinke are fine.
Here’s your starting 9:
Heyward 8, JUpton 9, Freeman 3, Gattis 7, Laird 2, Simmons 6, EJohnson 5, Uggla 4, Teheran 1