Say this for the 2014 Braves: They’ve been remarkably consistent since April. In each of the four-plus months since, they have been between three games under and two games over .500. In fact, they were exactly break-even in July and August, and now sit at 1-3 in September.
It’s safe to say the Braves are mediocre. But they are a mediocre team that still has a genuine shot at a wild card spot. Question du jour: Do we want them to get it? Of course, if you root for a team, and we all root like hell for the Bravos, you want a shot at the ultimate prize. But there’s a quandary. First, does anyone really believe our boys would stand a chance in hell of winning a wild card game, a division series, a league championship series and then the World Series?
Sure, it’s possible. It’s also possible that my novel that’s languished on a disc for four years will be a critically acclaimed best seller. It’s possible that the Beltline will be built ahead of schedule and under budget. It’s possible that the Gourds will become as popular as Toby Keith.
It’s more likely that the Braves stumble into the wild card game, maybe even win it, and then get swept in the LDS by scores of, say, 2-0, 3-1, and 3-2. And based on that stellar showing, Frank Wren and Fredi keep their jobs and JS crows about what another wonderful year it was for this “grand franchise.” None of us wants that.
Therefore, should we root for the Braves NOT to make the postseason?
Tough one. I’m simply incapable of watching a Braves game and hoping they lose. I can’t do it, any more than I could root against my own kid. But in the long term, this team needs new blood in the front office. And another dispiriting October might be enough to preserve the calcified status quo.
Another question: Is it time to put Hale in Harang’s rotation spot? I would, but I’d be shocked if Fredi does.
No lineup posted as of 3:11.