We are just some 17 days away from South Carolina at Vanderbilt, and the beginning of the College Football season. Needless to say, I am pumped.
The Braves are doing their part to make the dog days of summer more bearable.
The Braves are playing some good ball right now, despite the fact that Mike Minor is the only starting pitcher in the current rotation who was in the rotation on Opening Day, Brian McCann and Dan Uggla is ice cold, and both Venters and O’Flaherty are off from a year ago.
The Braves have been on fire in July and August, though the recent run of success should come to no surprise to those of you who read The Grit Tree. A simple look over the schedule will show you that the April slate of games were easy. May got difficult and June was a booger bear due to the tough interleague play. Here is what I wrote back on June 6:
The difficult schedule that the Braves had in May does not ease up any in June. The Braves have to play at the Nationals, at the Marlins, then host Toronto, New York and Baltimore in interleague play. That is not good. Then, to make matters worse, the Braves have to then travel to Boston and New York for some more games against the mammoth AL East. After a reprieve against the Diamondbacks, the Nationals come back to town to close out the month.
The Braves did what they had to do. They played .500 ball in May and June, and have been lighting it up in July and so far in August. If you look at the schedule the rest of the way, the Braves have a fairly easy road from here on out.
If Georgia can get out of its own away and take care of its business, with the Braves doing well, it could be a very fun fall in the Peach State.