Time running out on the Braves

The Braves chances at a playoff spot are dwindling by the day.

The Braves lost to the Mets Saturday night 4-2. It was their second loss in a row. Atlanta will try to salvage one game of the series Sunday afternoon in the finale.

They are now 76-78 on the season. They are now 4-13 in September and have scored only 38 runs in the 17 games. Atlanta has scored two runs or less in 11 of the September games.

The Braves are 24-35 since the All-Star Break. Since the 17-7 start, the record is 59-71.

Atlanta is 14 games back of the Nationals in the NL East and now seven games back of the Pirates for the second Wild Card position. They have eight games remaining in the regular season. The Pirates magic number is two, meaning any combination of Braves losses and Pirates wins equaling two will eliminate the Braves from the playoffs.

For the season, the Braves have been shut out 15 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 39 games (4-35). The Braves have scored two runs in a game 20 times (4-16). The Braves have scored less than three runs in 59 games, which is 38% of the season. They are 8-51 in those games.

The Braves are next to last in baseball in runs scored (552). That’s an average of 3.58 runs per game. Last season the Braves scored 4.25 runs per game.

Here are the September batting averages: Tommy La Stella (.115), Justin Upton (.125), Chris Johnson (.156), Emilio Bonifacio (.172), B.J. Upton (.216), Evan Gattis (.222), Jason Heyward (.241), Andrelton Simmons (.246), Phillip Gosselin (.255), Christian Bethancourt (.256) and Freddie Freeman (.276). So only three regulars have hit over .250 since September 1.

The Braves have only six home runs in 17 September games.

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