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.


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