Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, like virtually all major league managers, endures his share of criticism.
That will probably not change until he wins a World Series championship. Even then it is hard to please many fans and media types. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Gonzalez is taking a mid-tier payroll team and on a day-to-day regular season basis is racking up an impressive number of wins.
Gonzalez did not win a playoff game his first two years with the Braves, but he has amassed a big-time record. Since Gonzalez starting managing the Braves in ’11, he has led the Braves to the best record in the National League at 230-175, a .568 winning percentage.
With a favorable second-half schedule, there is a good chance that the Braves could overtake both the Rangers and Yankees, to own the best record in the major leagues the past three seasons.
What would help the Braves chances in this year’s post-season, would be to finish with the best record in the National League, so they could have home field advantage through the NLCS. The Braves currently trail the Pittsburgh Pirates by 3.5 games and the St. Louis Cardinals by 1.5 for the best NL record.