As longtime Office reader Tokyokie points out, the 2016 Braves are not only behind the ’88 team’s pace, they’re also trailing the ’62 Mets, who went on to win just 40 games.
Hard to imagine the Braves not winning 40, but I’m skeptical about 50. It’s also looking like a safe bet Fredi won’t be around to see it. In fact, I’d bet that by this time next week Fredi will be gone. It’s an off day, the Braves will be back home, and by then are likely to be than 6-22. That’s assuming they win two of the next seven games, on the road, vs. the Sox, Cubs and Mets.
Lose tonight and they’ll have their second nine-game losing streak of the season. And it’s not even May yet.
Markakis, Castro 5, Garcia 0, Freeman, Pierzynski, Francoeur 7, Peterson 4, Aybar 6, Smith 8. SP: Chacin
The Braves as a team have 709 ABs, the equivalent of a full season (plus 15 or so games): .224-4-68, .297 OBP, .282 slugging.