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Sunday, July 16, 2006 

Just A Smidge Of Hope

So the Braves just swept the NL West-leading Padres like it was 1996 all over again. Chipper's smacking the ball like it owes him money, McCann continues to make everyone question his birth certificate, Renteria continues to make the Red Sox look like chumps, and Betemit's filling in capably enough at leadoff for Giles. Of course, the bullpen still ought to be demoted en masse to tee-ball league, but as long as the Braves can score, oh, 14 runs a night, we should be fine.

Mid-July, 5.5 games out of the wild card spot. Playoffs aren't unreachable, but we've still got a huge problem, namely this--several of the teams ahead of us lost today. Problem was, they lost to OTHER teams ahead of us today. But if we can start picking off the weak and slow-footed--you're next, Milwaukee--we should be able to get within a couple games of the wild card by the end of the month. From there, it's gravy, baby.


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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