The Cubs won 7 games last week. The Braves have won 7 this season

Atlanta Braves' Adonis Garcia is tagged out by Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Two teams headed in opposite directions. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Mark Twain averred that there are three kinds of untruths — lies, darned lies and statistics. If that’s true, Atlanta Braves fans should rejoice: Their team mightn’t be half as bad as these numbers suggest/insist! Then again …

1. The Cubs won seven games last week and are 24-6. If you tripled the Braves’ win total, you’d get 21.

2. Speaking of which: Every big-league team but one has managed a triple. Guess the exception.

3. The Mets have hit 47 home runs. If you sextupled the Braves’ total, you’d get 42.

4. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with four homers. Among Mets, he’d be tied for sixth.

5. Of the Braves’ seven homers, two were struck by men no longer on the 25-man roster.

6. The Cubs have scored 184 runs. If you doubled the Braves’ total, you’d get 180.

7. The gap between the Cardinals, who have baseball’s best slugging percentage, and the Nationals, who are 17th-best, is .065 percentage points. The gap between the Braves, who rank last in slugging, and the Yankees, who rank next-to-last, is .068.

8. The Cardinals have 122 extra-base hits. If you doubled the Braves’ total, you’d get 98.

9. The Cubs haven’t lost consecutive games this season. The Braves have lost their past four games — and that’s only their third-longest losing streak of these first five weeks.

10. The Orioles have won 13 home games. If you multiplied the Braves’ number of home wins by 13, you’d get … 13.

Bonus: From Opening Day 2010 through July 7, 2015, the Braves were 491-403; the Cubs were 392-501. The Cubs are 75-34 since; the Braves are 32-76.

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These Braves weren’t built to win. Good thing, seeing that they’re 0-5.

Trust the process? The Braves absolutely do.

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28 comments
Kwajbraves
Kwajbraves

Who is going to reach the 30 mark first?  The Braves: 30 losses or the Cubs: 30 wins.  I didn't' think that it was possible to put together a team this bad even if you were trying to tank.  

Kwajbraves
Kwajbraves

This team is on pace to break some records that have been around for a long time to include fewer wins, fewer HRs and the lowest slugging percentage.  I know that they tanked the season despite the assurance of the three Johns that this team was going to be better this year but this is downright embarrassing.  They are going to have an uphill battle to try to field a respectable team in 2017.

Rickster_
Rickster_

I knew the Braves were in trouble when they brought Frenchie back.

Suwaneetown
Suwaneetown

They should make a change in manager now. I think that everyone will agree that this team is challenged in the talent/experience department.  The bigger problem right now is that they're challenged in the focus/attitude department as well.  My guess is that there is some room to be coached up but is it worth making a change of manager for just a marginal improvement.  I'm not a fan of Copallela (sp?).  I don't like his irrational argument that this roster is much better than last years.  It's an obvious attempt to throw others under the bus and to justify the myriad of high risk moves he's made.  My guess is they keep Fredi because he's a built in scape-goat for the Coppy.  It will at least buy him until 2017 when we'll see if the moves start to pay off.  So make a change now and give a young up and coming coach a chance to show what he can to motivate and focus the team.  I don't dislike Fredi as much as others do on the local blogs but he seems like a lame duck manager and for the sake of the young guys we need someone who's really engaged in the process.

TideDawg
TideDawg

When minor leaguers come up to the Braves, they can have 3 things happen to them. They can have losing instilled in their brain, they can decide that losing is not going to happen in '17, or......nothing. Those of you that have played any sport know that losing is a disease that is hard to shake. The Braves are finding ways to lose games that even this team should win. These Braves can either get angry and start winning a few more games in the second half or they can take this mentality into the '17 season. Changing managers may help....maybe not.

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

Hey, at least we are finally the best at something.


Hard to win when the majority of the team should still be in the minors.

Lobosolo
Lobosolo

Hundreds of sportswriters last week wrote their first bad column of the year... Mark Bradley has been perfect this year in writing bad columns ... Geez, he's been perfect for years now... Thank you, AJC, for giving us a shining example (along with Jeff Schultz, of course) of bad writing for year after year...

Kenny Powers
Kenny Powers

DOB can write them too when he gets on his defending Fredi tangent.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@Lobosolo  I don't like Bradley but he didn't lie about the statistics.

middlegrounder
middlegrounder

Stop going to the games, en masse. Stop buying hats, jerseys, etc. If you want change, it's that simple.


I'll throw in 'vote Tim Lee OUT' in Cobb County, but who am I kidding.

MrEdsBrain
MrEdsBrain

Look at it this way - Braves' upper management is following the adage that if you're going to do something, you might as well excel at it. This team was built to excel at losing and that is what they are doing - and given their record and the projections, they are exceeding expectations. 

B-PA
B-PA

How in the world can the Brass at the Braves fire Freddie when they created this whole mess. I know it seemed as though all those high priced players they traded wasn't producing but to blame it on Freddie is absurbed. As long as Liberty aren't willing to spend more on payroll they never will be competitive. They won't even be productive in 2017 because who would want to play for this team.Fire the Brass not Freddie.

CoronaGT
CoronaGT

@B-PA It's Fredi, not Freddie.  And Fredi should have been fired a couple of seasons ago when the team had talent and tanked down the stretch.  I agree that firing him now will do nothing to improve this team.  The best manager on earth could not win with this bunch.

TideDawg
TideDawg

The fans were led to believe that this team would do better than expected. OK! They are on a pace to set new a new record for home losses, least homeruns, wins, etc. That is definitely better than expected.

TideDawg
TideDawg

You have to change your attitude about watching the Braves. Instead of watching to see them win, you have to watch to see what kind of blunders they will make to lose. Looks like they are beginning to develop a future pitching rotation that will not include Julio Tehran. Wisler, Foltynewicz, & Blair look like they can make it. Teheran looks like a possibility but the Braves might as well trade him unless they want him for long relief next year. He seems to be only good for 5 innings.....when he's on! Braves pitchers are OK the first time thru the batting order. The second time they get hit pretty good, the third time they get rocked. There doesn't seem to be a plan to pitch more than 5-6 innings. They are throwing the same stuff at the same rhythm and hitters catch on pretty quick, especially with computers plotting every pitch. Unless they adjust their game plan they will continue to get hammered the 3rd time thru the lineup. By the way, what kind of pitching coaching lets his pitchers serve up two homerun balls on 0-2 counts to a back up catcher?? Bob Gibson had a good plan.....don't come to the plate and dig in on me. Ryne Duren of the old Yankees used to come in the final innings to close a game. He was wearing those coke bottle glasses and when he warmed up he didn't throw one the catcher could reach. All very effective tactics. Nobody dug in on him or Gibson. I don't believe in hurting a player but I do believe in keeping his cleats on top to the ground.....not dug in.

mc1362002
mc1362002

Mark, your numbers tell the whole story.


What I/ find.. completely baffling, and inexcusable, is the . calmness, and almost.. indifference, that this team's "management" is displaying with the job status of Fredi Gonzalez.    Think of this.. we are 1-12 at home.    At that rate, losing 12 of every 13 games at home.. we will have a home record of.   7-74 for the season.


This team truly has a chance to break the all time worst record for losses for a season, set by the 1962 Mets, of 40-120.  


I am so sick and tired of reading articles or posts of "The Braves are going to fire Fredi Gonzalez".  It is almost like the management is playing mind games with the fans.     This team is worse than the bad Braves teams of the 1980s.     '


I think the Braves should either do one of two things.


Either state,   "Okay, if our record doesnt significantly improve by.. June 1st, or even, the All Star Break, Gonazlez will be fired then".


Or.. be straight with the fans, and say  "This is a rebuilding year, and even if we take our lumps for 110 to 120 losses, Gonazalez is our manager for the rest of the year.


The mind games, and speculation, are getting tiresome, and unprofessional already.   Those are as bad, if not worse, than the pitiful team itself that plays every day on the field. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

I sure hope you "fans" didn't hose your children or grand children's ball teams when they weren't very good.......even bad teams have to rely on  good fans.

Moneyball
Moneyball

My kids' teams weren't this bad.

Kwajbraves
Kwajbraves

My beer league softball team aint this bad and we are bad news bears bad.  At least, we hit a few more HRs.

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Theres not much else to say.


Except, Braves Admin seems ok with it all.

Biff_Pocoroba
Biff_Pocoroba

I never thought I'd see a Braves team worse than the 1988 version. Looks like I was wrong. Guess I'll resort to more leisure reading this summer because this team is unbearable to watch.

Moneyball
Moneyball

At the current rate, the Braves will lose about 124 games. With their typical September swoon, this number could easily increase to 130 or more.

BTC
BTC

And yet, people still show up to watch them...

sea8491
sea8491

Liberty Media=Problem

Mark, maybe I missed, have you ever called for a solution to the problem, new owners of the Atlanta Braves?


barryten
barryten

@MarkBradleyAJC I get the impression that you think that we aren't a good team. How do you feel about the promises that this would be better