Some days you win; some days you lose. The Atlanta Braves are playing this cliche to the max right now, and everyone is frustrated as a result.
When we were prepping for this week’s Atlanta Braves podcast, we really were looking for silver linings and optimistic bits to talk about.
To be sure, we did find a few… but most topics kept coming back around to the team’s inability to string together multiple wins — especially in games where the win is almost in the bag.
All of this has led us to the conclusion that this Braves team — as currently constituted — is really just a .500 club.
That phrase “as currently constituted” says a lot, though, because they simply don’t have the players on the field that were expected to be there at this point. It’s been about injuries, poor hitting, poor pitching, and… yeah, there’s an element of Ozuna, too.
All of that can be fixed, but it will be difficult… very much so to the point that priorities will have to be set.
The Braves can rightly be looking for deadline deals to improve their plight, but there are several aspects of this that will have to be carefully weighed:
- Can the Front Office even get an impact player at a reasonable cost?
- What’s the highest priority?
- Are multiple trades needed? Would their price be too costly for the long term?
- Can any deals be done soon enough to matter?
Then there’s the scary question: will the Braves have to outright win the division in order to make the playoffs… and if they can’t, should they do any trade deadline deals at all?
Yeah, sorry about that: but given the performance of teams out in the Western division… it’s a valid question.
So here’s the podcast nonetheless: episode 19 of season 2 is available through most subscription sites or with the convenience to grab it right here… either via direct download or through this handy player.
Regardless of your preferred method of consumption, we want to thank you for listening… and for continuing to check out TomahawkTake.com on a regular basis: it’s for you that we do this!
Okay, yeah: we fans also like to vent a bit about our team, too!