Braves Need to Weather the Storm to Make Playoffs

The Braves postseason hopes may rely on these next 14 games. With Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, Peter Moylan, Kris Medlan, Nate McClouth, and now Scott Linebrink, the Braves need to somehow stay in the NL East race with a Phillies team who lately seems indestructible. The biggest loss on this list has to be All-Star catcher Brian McCann.

After going down with a back injury in the 10th inning of the marathon 19 inning controversial game between the Pirates, Brian McCann was placed on the 15-day DL. He is the Braves main run source. Without McCann, the Braves have gone a dismal 4-4 against bad teams.

Now that Dan Uggla has found his stroke, with another three-run homer today extending his hitting streak to 25, the Braves can hopefully find a way to keep on track with the Fightin' Phils, and the recently hot D-Backs.

Luckily, the Braves upcoming schedule has them playing the Mets, Marlins and Cubs (all three under .500). Then after that, they play the two NL West teams tied for first, the Giants and Diamondbacks. McCann is expected back around the 15-16th of August, which will put his much-needed bat back in the line-up in the middle of the Giants series.

Let's hope the Braves can stick around long enough to make the NL East a race. But that's what they have pitching for.

For, I'm Ean Dunn

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