Atlanta Braves fans, who have followed the team since the early 90s, have been disappointed often over the years. Exciting, competitive Braves teams, have seemingly turned to jelly, more times than not, in the postseason.
The Braves postseason pitching always seems to range from good to outstanding, while the hitting ranges from below average to horror show. While the pitching did actually show some chinks in the armor against the Dodgers, the Braves postseason hitting was poor as usual.
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How many times have we seen Braves hitters who rake all season, get into the playoffs and look like Little Leaguers? Brian McCann was 0 for 13 against the Dodgers, with 6 strikeouts, including 4 K’s in the fourth and final game. I don’t care if Clayton Kershaw or Sandy Koufax or Don Drysdale was on the mound, that was ridiculous.
McCann’s performance in this year’s postseason is going to make it a lot easier to see him go elsewhere after the season.
Jason Heyward hit .143 against Los Angeles and Elliott Johnson had only one hit, albeit it the big triple in the final game. Heyward’s big moment was when he hit the meaningless 2-run homer in the 9th inning of game three.
Despite all the money they make, the Uptons and Uggla gave the Braves squat in the postseason. Uggla wasn’t good enough to make the roster, B.J. wasn’t good enough to start and went 0 for 3 in pinch-hitting duty, and Justin Upton carried his post-April disappointing play into the postseason, hitting only .143. Almost $40 million of a $90 million payroll and the Braves got bupkus from them.
Congratulations to Chris Johnson, who unlike most of his teammates, manned up in the postseason and hit .438, with 5 RBIs, Evan Gattis who hit .357, with a .438 OBP, Freddie Freeman who hit .313 and Andrelton Simmons, who hit .250, with a .357 OBP and 2 RBIs. Also, special congrats to Jose Constanza who got the big hit in game four to drive in Elliott Johnson, to put the Braves ahead 3-2 late in the game.
But despite heroics from a few valiant Braves hitters, it was the same old sad Braves song…