The Road Ahead
Posted by jrniemeyer on August 31, 2010
Coming into Tuesday night, the Braves have 31 games left on their schedule(30 in September and October). Since the beginning of this season, and at the beginning of each month, I try and predict how many wins the Braves will have for that particular month. In April, I had the Braves winning 14 games and it appeared that number would be pretty close until they decided to lose 9 in a row. Anyways, below I have listed my results so far and then I will breakdown how I see the Braves finishing up in September/October.
Sept 1st and 2nd- NY Mets
Hanson vs. Pelfrey and Hudson vs. Santana. Braves are at home and should at least come away with a split.
Sept 3rd, 4th, and 5th- @ Marlins
I don’t love any of the pitching matchups(Nolasco, Josh Johnson, and Minor vs. Sanabia) and we are on the road against the pesky Marlins. Feels like a letdown series.
Sept 6th, 7th, and 8th- @ Pirates
In a weird scheduling move, the Braves play the Pirates for a second time in Pittsburgh. Braves are 5-1 in their first 6 against the Pirates. Being on the road shouldn’t affect this series.
Sept 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th- Cardinals
Looks like the Braves will have Jurrjens, Minor, Hanson, and Hudson for that series. Consistency will be the key against the Cardinals but like always, it helps that the Braves are at home. They will be looking for redemption from an earlier sweep from the Cardinals.
Sept 13th, 14th, and 15th- Nationals
The Nationals will have their fair share of September callups playing and despite trying to prove something, they should provide very little contest against a motivated Braves team. That being said, there is a reason people refer to them as the “Nats” because like their namesake(Gnats) they are annoying and never go away.
Sept 17th, 18th, and 19th- @ NY Mets
It’s so hard to try and predict how the Braves will play on the road against an average divisional foe. The Mets are an absolute disaster this season. If we miss Santana and/or Pelfrey, I like our chances.
Sept 20th, 21st, and 22nd- @ Phillies
This is where the rubber meets the road. If the Braves can keep a 3 game cushion heading into this series, they will have a great opportunity to win this division by just splitting with the Phillies in their remaining games. This series is on the road and I think the Braves drop a game.
Sept 24th, 25th and 26th- @Nationals
I think the Braves will be hungry this series after dropping 2 of 3 to the Phillies and will be looking to get back on track. At this point, the Braves will be entering their last 9 games of the season and will be playing with a higher sense of urgency.
Sept 27th, 28th and 29th- Marlins
This will be the final home stand for the Braves and one can only hope the stands will be filled and there should be a buzz in the air as playoff baseball should be returning to Atlanta. Braves have dominated at home and will continue to do so with packed crowds(one can only hope it’ll be packed).
October 1st, 2nd and 3rd- Phillies
That last few years, the only baseball this team has played in October is the last 2-3 games of the season. This series could mean a few things; the Braves may have the East wrapped up by this point and may be resting some of its key players or it could mean the difference between going home and playing more baseball. I think it’ll at least have some significance for the Braves and therefore they will play accordingly.
Totals: I think the Braves finish the season strong and go 20-10 against a relatively easy schedule.
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