Atlanta Braves Continue Their On-Again, Off-Again Season

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IJune 14, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 08:  Peter Moylan #58 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on April 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Who wrote this script? Seriously, I want to know who thought it would be so funny to get Atlanta Braves fans hopes up for this 2009 team?

This season has been nothing but up and down since April. The Braves played awesome out of the gate, but when going for a season-opening sweep at the home of the defending World Champs, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Leading 10-3 in the seventh inning in Philadelphia the Braves bullpen had a meltdown. The Phillies ended up winning the game 12-10. Braves fans, we should have known then.

But no, we still hoped. We still dreamed about this team getting back to the playoffs. Some of us even dared to dream of being this year's Rays. I mean it has been 10 years since the Braves last World Series appearance.

I've got some sobering news for you though, Braves fans. Without serious, drastic changes this team will be home for October. One week the Braves go without hitting the ball at all. The next week they hit but the bullpen implodes.

The only consistent thing about this team is its inconsistency. And quite frankly it makes me mad. I'm sure each of you loyal Braves fans have been ready to curse at the TV many times this season. How can a team look unbeatable one night and the next night just lay an egg? Or better yet, how can one facet of the team be dominant on one night and utterly fail the next?

Its been that way for 61 games in 2009, and if you think it's going to change anytime soon you need to pinch yourself because you are dreaming. The only way it will change is if some personnel decisions are made soon. Jeff Francoeur, my personal whipping post, has started to come around of late, but who knows how long that will last.

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Peter Moylan has been the picture of inconsistency all season long. It's time for Bobby Cox to move him down to a situational role and get him out of the seventh inning slot. After all, it was Moylan who started this mess back in Philly with his four consecutive walks to allow the Phillies to comeback from a six run deficit.

And yes, the Braves still desperately need a big bat.

At least the starting pitching has been consistent. But the fact that it's wasted by terrible hitting and, at times, an awful bullpen renders the starting staff completely ineffective.

I know it seems like I am writing the same articles over and over again, but that's the nature of these Braves. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

You know, like being at home in October.