At the moment, the Atlanta Braves aren’t looking so hot. Thus far, Spring Training has been ugly for the Braves. At 2-11, they have the worst record in the majors this spring.
Hardly anyone is hitting, and the Braves are struggling to score runs. With 21 spring games left, the Braves need to turn it around, and fast.
In 2011, the Braves were hot and cold during the spring and more on the cold side going into Opening Day.
The regular season got off to a slow start for the Braves. They finished April two games below .500, but they started to heat up, winning six in a row to start May. They went into the summer with 1.5 game lead in the NL Wild Card standings.
The Braves had an excellent summer, going a combined 50-29 in June, July and August, but that gave way to a September collapse that saw the Braves give up a 7.5-game lead in the NL Wild Card standings by losing 18 of their last 27 games.
In a perfect world, the Braves would turn a win against the Nationals into a winning streak and end the spring over .500. Though it’s possible, it’s unlikely.
They are adding new players to the lineup by alternating rookies at shortstop, so growing pains are to be expected. They have new pitchers competing for a spot in the rotation; they’re going to give up some runs.
Things are going to happen; it’s Spring Training, but 2-11 is miserable. From here, finishing 17-16 or better would show that the Braves are getting to where they need to be.
It is up to the entire team to prove they can turn around the start to this season, but here are five Braves who have even more to prove this spring.