I have mentioned it several times in previous pieces, but I do so because I feel it is significant. Many may not care to remember it, but it truly was a turning point of the season. Back on August 10th, though they had a significant lead in the NL East, the Braves looked very vulnerable. So much so, they wanted to hide it with the fumes from a fire extinguisher.
That day, the Braves lost to the Marlins 7-6, in a game where Atlanta gave up four runs in the ninth inning. It was the implosion many had felt was coming for months, despite the recent additions of Chris Martin, Shane Greene, and Mark Melancon. Walks, regression, and bad luck were creating a horrible mixture of heartache and anxiety on what seemed to be a nightly basis. While this breakdown was just one game, several others just barely missed the same fate, and the concerns of past late season collapses for Atlanta were growing. There was quite a bit of uncertainty as to how the team would respond, and little hope that there would be a significant or quick turnaround.
Thankfully, both happened overnight.
From August 11th till the end of the season,…