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Are the Braves worse now than ever before?

Bill Shanks has some frightening numbers on how bad the Braves have become.

The Atlanta Braves are now 4-17 (21 games) on the season, a .190 winning percentage. They have lost eight games in a row and sit 10.5 games behind the first place Washington Nationals in the NL East.  The Braves are 5.5 games back of fourth-place Miami.

This is the worst record through 21 games in Atlanta Braves history.

They have the worst record in baseball by 2.5 games, ahead of the Houston Astros (7-15). They are 1-17 against teams not located in Florida.

Since starting the 2015 season 5-0, the Braves are 66-112, a .371 winning percentage.

The Braves were 42-42 after last year’s game on July 7. Since then, this team has been in a historic downfall, with a record of 29-70 (99 games). That’s an embarrassing .293 winning percentage.

Since June 1, 2015, the Braves are now 46-87 (133 games), a .346 winning percentage.

Since August 1, 2015, the Braves are now 25-55 (80 games – one game shy of half a full season), a .313 winning percentage.

Since the start of the 2014 season, the Braves are now 150-194 (344 games), a .436 winning percentage.

The Braves won the NL East in 2013, but in September the team struggled with a 13-14 record. Since September 1, 2013, the Braves are now 163-209 (372 games), a .438 winning percentage.

This is the second-worst month in Atlanta Braves history:
1 – April, 1988    (3-16, .158)
2 – April, 2016   (4-17, .190)
3 – April, 1990   (4-13, .235)

Here are some other bad stretches in Atlanta’s history compared to the 99-game stretch (29-70, .293 winning percentage) the team is suffering through now.
1 – After the All-Star Break in 1988            24-52 (76 games)             .316 winning percentage
2 – June 1, 1978 – End of season               33-69 (102 games)          .324
3 – August 1, 1989 – April, 1990                 24-48 (72 games)             .333
4 – June 1, 1988 – End of season               38-75 (113 games)          .336
5 – 1985 – After All-Star Break                    27-49 (76 games)             .355
6 – July 1, 1987 – April 30, 1988                  37-66 (103 games)          .359
7 – September 1, 1976 – April, 1978         78-134 (212 games)        .368
8 – July 1, 1985 – End of season                 33-56 (89 games)             .371
9 – June 1, 1989 – End of season               41-68 (109 games)          .376
10 – July 1, 1986 – End of season              33-53 (86 games)             .384

Stretches leading up to managers getting fired:
1990 – Russ Nixon
The Braves were 25-40 (.385) on June 22 when Nixon was fired. They were 17 games out of 1st place. They had gone 35-57 (.380) going back to September 1, 1989 and 45-75 (.375) going back to August 1, 1989. The Braves were 38-62 (.380) in the 100 games prior to Nixon’s dismissal.
1988 – Chuck Tanner
The Braves were 12-27 (.308) on May 23 when Tanner was fired. They were 11.5 games out of 1st place. The Braves had gone 36-64 (.360) in the 100 games prior to Tanner’s dismissal. From the All-Star Break in 1987 to when Tanner was let go, the Braves were 40-73 (.354).
1985 – Eddie Haas
The Braves were 50-71 (.413) on August 25 when Haas was fired. They had lost six in a row and 12 out of 13 games when he was let go. The Braves were 40-60 (.400) in the 100 games leading up to Haas’ dismissal.
1984 – Joe Torre
The Braves fired Torre at the end of the season after the team had gone 80-82 (.494). The worst stretch of that season was from July 1 through September 2, as the Braves were 23-35 (.397).
1981 – Bobby Cox
The Braves fired Cox at the end of the season after a 50-56 record (.472).

Listen to “The Bill Shanks Show” from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 AM in Macon and online at http://www.foxsports1670.com/. Follow Bill at twitter.com/BillShanks and email him at thebillshanksshow@yahoo.com.


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