Braves fall eight games back of Naitonals

Bill Shanks has notes on the Braves, who are falling fast in the NL playoff race.

With Monday’s loss to the Nationals, the Braves are now 74-70. Atlanta is eight games out of first place. Pittsburgh won Monday, so Atlanta is 1.5 games back for the second wildcard spot.

They have 18 games remaining in the regular season. They are 8-10 in their last 18 games.

If they go 12-6, they'll finish 86-76.
If they go 11-7, they'll finish 85-77.
If they go 10-8, they'll finish 84-78.
If they go 9-9, they'll finish 83-79.
If they go 8-10, they'll finish 82-80.
If they go 7-11, they'll finish 81-81.
If they go 6-12, they'll finish 80-82.

The Braves are 2-5 in September. They are 22-27 since the All-Star Break. They are 57-63 since the 17-7 start.

The Braves are next to last in MLB in runs scored – 529 – through 144 games – 3.67 runs per game.
Last year they were 13th with 688 runs – in 162 games – 4.25 runs per game.

The Braves are 6th worst in MLB in hits – 1185 – through 144 games – 8.23 per game.
Last year they were 21st with 1354 hits – in 162 games – 8.36 hits per game.

The Braves have the 3rd worst Slugging Percentage in MLB.

The Braves have 115 home runs – in 144 games – 0.80 per game.
Last year the Braves had 181 home runs – in 162 games – 1.12 per game.

The Braves scored 11 runs at Pittsburgh on Tuesday, August 19. Since then, they’ve played 18 games (8-10) and scored 48 runs (2.67 runs per game). They’ve scored three runs or less in 13 of those 18 games.

A couple of players have been awful since the All-Star Break: Andrelton Simmons is hitting .174 (26-149) and Tommy LaStella is hitting .224 (34-152). Of course, B.J. Upton is hitting .183 (24-131) since the midway point of the season.

Poor Mike Minor. He’s been really good since taking a break in early-August. Minor got his 10th loss of the season Monday as he allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. He’s now had six straight quality starts since taking 11 days in between starts from August 1 through August 12. His stats in those six games: 2-3, 2.60 ERA, 28 hits allowed in 41.2 innings, 12 earned runs, 11 walks, 32 strikeouts. In those three losses, the Braves have scored a total of three runs.

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