Braves skid continues despite Teheran's work

The Giants, Pirates and Brewers - the three teams ahead of Atlanta - all lost Saturday. But so did the Braves, so it was not a good day.

The Braves continue to sink out of the playoff race with another loss Saturday to the hapless Texas Rangers, the team with the worst record in baseball.

Texas had lost 11 of 12 games before the Braves hit Arlington. The Rangers’ offense was actually worse than Atlanta’s feeble attack. Texas had scored only 24 runs in that 12-game stretch. They’ve outscored Atlanta 5-3 in the first two games of the series.

Of course, the Braves know all about offensive problems. Atlanta is now 3-8 in September. They have scored only 28 runs in those 11 games.

For the season, the Braves have been shut out 13 times. They have scored only one run in 24 games. They are 4-20 in those games. So the Braves have scored less than two runs in 37 games (4-33). The Braves have scored two runs in a game 18 times (4-14). The Braves have scored less than three runs in 55 games, which is 37% of the season. They are 8-47 in those games.

The Braves are now 75-73 on the season. They are 9.5 games out of first place behind the Washington Nationals. The Braves trail the second wild card team in the National League, the Pirates, by three games. They are a game-and-a-half behind the Brewers (77-72), who are a game-and-a-half behind the Pirates.

Atlanta is now 23-30 since the All-Star Break and now 58-66 since the 17-7 start in April. The Braves have 14 games left in the regular season. Here are the different scenarios for their final two weeks.

If they go 4-10, they’ll finish 79-83.
If they go 6-8, they’ll finish 81-81.
If they go 7-7, they’ll finish 82-80.
If they go 8-6, they’ll finish 83-79.
If they go 9-5, they’ll finish 84-78.
If they go 10-4, they’ll finish 85-77.
If they go 11-3, they’ll finish 86-76.

Julio Teheran pitched well again. He allowed three unearned runs on three hits in eight innings, with one walk and six strikeouts. His ERA is now 2.89 despite a 13-12 record.

Atlanta closes out the series Sunday at 3:05. Mike Minor (6-10, 4.58) will pitch for the Braves against Colby Lewis (9-13, 5.29).

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