Braves open final home series of season

Aaron Harang goes for the Braves against the Wild Card-Bound Pirates.

The Braves were swept by the Mets this weekend, losing the series finale 10-2 Sunday afternoon.

With Pittsburgh’s 1-0 win over Milwaukee, the Braves were officially eliminated from playoff contention. The Brewers are 4.5 games back of the two teams that are tied for the top wildcard spot (Pittsburgh and San Francisco). Atlanta is now eight games back, with seven games to play.

The offense has been horrible this month for the Braves. They have scored just 40 runs in the 18 September games (2.22 runs per game). They have scored two runs or less in 12 of the 18 games this month and have only six home runs in September.

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 21 times (4-17). The Braves have scored less than three runs in 60 games, which is 38.7% of the season. They are 8-52 in those games.

The record this month is 4-14. The overall record is 76-79. Since the All-Star Break the record is 24-36. Since the 17-7 start in April, the record is 59-72.

Atlanta will host Pittsburgh for the final four home games of the season. Monday in game one Aaron Harang (11-11, 3.68) will pitch for the Braves against Francisco Liriano (6-10, 3.45).

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