2008 Matched in About Five Weeks for the Atlanta Braves

Cameron BrittAnalyst IMay 10, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 12: Infielder Casey Kotchman #22 of the Atlanta Braves stretches during batting practice against the Washington Nationals April 12, 2009 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Futility against the Phils appears to be in the rear-view mirror.

In only about five weeks, the Atlanta Braves have matched their 2008 win total against the Phillies with their 4-2 win on Sunday.

Despite two debacles, one from Jo-Joke Reyes and another from the (at the time) "suckpen", the Braves have performed admirably against the World Champions.

Perhaps the key to these performances has been the presence of the true four and five hitters on the Braves, McCann and Anderson.

In their series Opening Week and the most recent one, the Bravos have had proven run-producers anchoring the center of their lineup, and with overall solid starting pitching, this is all the Braves need.

With a record of 8-2 with B-Mac and Anderson (7-14 without them), the Braves have shown why, when healthy, they are in the upper echelon of NL teams.

The repercussions of having these two goes much deeper than W-L numbers; it takes pressure off of Chipper, Francoeur, and Kotchman (who has had a monster road trip with these guys back).

Provided these guys can stay in the line up, look for the Bravos to continue this torrid stretch throughout the season.

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Now, all we have to do is keep hitting Johan like we did last year and how we're hiting the Phillies' staff (6, 6, and 4 runs in each game)...

Meet the Mets Parody

Meet the Mets! Meet the Mets!
Step right up and beat the Mets!
Bring your kiddies, and bring your wife!
They'll beat the Mets to within an inch of their life!
Because the Mets are really dropping the ball!
They've got their backs up against the wall!

East Side, West Side
everyone's watching them go down!
'Cause they're the M-E-T-S, Mets
the New York clowns!

Oh, the Braves and the Marlins and the Washington team?
What can they do? They'll beat the Mets!
Oh, the Phils and Yankees are ready to scream!
Why will they scream? They'll beat the Mets!

All the fans, it's true, the Mets are leaving them blue,
so hurry up and come on down!
You'll say, "You call this a ball club?"
The Mets of New York clowns!

Give me a break! Give them a hand!
They're making everyone cry in the stands!

Come on and...
Meet the Mets! Meet the Mets!
Step right up and beat the Mets!
Bring your kiddies, and bring your wife!
They'll beat the Mets to within an inch of their life!
Because the Mets are really dropping the ball!
They've got their backs up against the wall!

East Side, West Side
everyone's watching them go down!
'Cause they're the M-E-T-S, Mets
the New York clowns!
The New... York... clowns!

Lyrics from Parody Song Lyrics (and slightly edited by me)