Braves in worst stretch in Atlanta history

Fredi Gonzalez has managed the Braves to their worst stretch in Atlanta history.

The numbers are staggering. The Braves are now 54-79 (.406) on the season. They are 20 games out of first place in the NL East and 21.5 games out of the wildcard. The Braves have 29 games left in the season. If they go 12-17 (.414), the Braves would finish 66-96 (.407) on the season.

The Braves have lost eight games in a row. They are 1-15 in their last 16 games and 3-19 in their last 22 games. After going 8-20 in August, the Braves are now 0-2 in September. Since June 1, the Braves are 29-54 and since July 1 the Braves are 18-38.

Since the Braves traded Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, they are 9-29. Since the All-Star Break, and when they announced the extension of Fredi Gonzalez's contract for the 2016 season, the Braves are 12-32 (.273).

Since August 1, 2014, in their last 200 games, the Braves are 81-119 (.405).

Atlanta was 42-42 on July 7. Since then, the Braves are 12-37 (.245).

The Braves now have the second-worst winning percentage in baseball at .406. They are only a game-and-a-half behind the Phillies (.396).

This 12-37 run is the worst stretch in Atlanta history for this amount of games played. For 40 games or more, this is by far the worst stretch, as the Braves have a winning percentage of .245 in the last 49 games. The second worst stretch is from the 1988 season, when from July 27 through September 17 the Braves were 14-33 (.298). In 1985, for the last 54 games (or last third of the season) of the season, the Braves were 17-37 for a winning percentage of .314.

For stretches of at least 30 games, this is the third-worst run in Atlanta history. The only two that are worse are from 2006 and 1976. In 2006, the Braves went 7-23 from May 29 through June 30. That was a .233 winning percentage for 30 games. In 1976, in a 33-game stretch from April 26 through May 31, the Braves went 8-25, a winning percentage of .242.

So with all the bad baseball that the Braves played in the 50 years of this franchise, particularly in the first half of the 50 years, this is the worst stretch of baseball in Atlanta's history.

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