Atlanta Braves: The 6 September Games That Doomed Them

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Atlanta Braves:  The 6 September Games That Doomed Them
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When August turned to September, the Braves had a eight-game lead in the Wild Card, still had the Phillies in sight and were a season-high 26 games over .500 at 81-55.

Since then, the Braves have lost 13-of-20 and seen their lead now shrink in the Wild Card to one-and-a-half games over the once completely out of it Cardinals.

The reasons are many. The offense has gone cold especially in situations where a key hit or two would drive in runs. The starters who aren't injured are barely good for five-plus innings a start, taxing an already overworked back of the bullpen.

The Braves' magic number is six with six games to play, and the Cardinals breathing down their throats. Everyone said the Braves had an easy finishing schedule, but in the last nine games against the Marlins and Mets, the Braves have gone just 4-5.

On the verge of one epic collapse (and the Red Sox might join them), the Braves will have this six-pack of games to look back on and have no one to blame but themselves if they don't see either the Brewers or Arizona in the NLDS about 10 days from now.

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