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August 29, 2013

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Overlooked Atlanta?

by Zachary Levine


Unwise words on the 2013 Atlanta Braves:

“There are fewer things that I think could go really, really wrong with this team than maybe any other team in baseball.” – Zachary Levine (hey, that’s me), Effectively Wild podcast, episode 143.

This sentence was uttered on my first appearance on the podcast, some 130-plus episodes ago, and since this seems to be the order of the universe, let’s count the things that have gone wrong for Atlanta since then.

By any or all of these accounts, it’s been a year of major setbacks for the Sun Belt’s favorite ballclub, but all they’ve managed to do is set the Braves back to being only barely the best team in baseball by record.

Perhaps a better way to phrase the intended sentiment, and one that would have been much more correct, is that the Braves were best positioned to survive things going wrong. They were such a complete team that despite suffering setbacks everywhere—on offense, in the rotation, and in the bullpen—they’ve still been one of the best teams in baseball everywhere.

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