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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Checking it Twice

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – If you made a checklist entitled ‘Worst Ways for a Professional Baseball Team to enter/exit the All-Star Break’, let’s see how your 2015 Atlanta Braves might have fared:

  • Go to a hitter’s park, fail to hit.

Four games in hitter’s haven Colorado – 11 total runs. So… check.

  • Mount a losing streak, ensuring that you will both head into and out of the All-Star break with no momentum.

Five straight losses after being .500 and four games back in the division race – still in the hunt! – as recently as July 7th (That’s longform for ‘check’)

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli (center) is attended to by Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (left) and team trainer Jeff Porter   (right), and teammates after being injured during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. (Chris   Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli (center) is attended to by Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (left) and team trainer Jeff Porter (right), and teammates after being injured during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies won 3-2. (Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Well, that’s different

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – Shhhhhh.

Don’t look now.

(Seriously. There’s nothing to look at except your computer screen. Maybe your dog. He doesn’t care.)

With seven days left in June, the Atlanta Braves are two games back of the Washington Nationals and a game-and-a-half behind the New York Mets in the National League East race.

This, obviously, was not how life was supposed to turn out. As David O’Brien tweeted on Monday, for all the 100-loss truthers out there, the Braves would have to go 27-65 the rest of the way to hit that mark. And more people were on the 100-loss train at the beginning of this season than any of us would like to admit. I’ll admit I had those dark thoughts until I stepped back and completely looked the situation over.

Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson (23) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) on a fielding error in   the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson (23) slides safely into second base ahead of the tag by New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (4) on a fielding error in the fourth inning of their game at Turner Field. (Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: A future that looks like someone else’s present

 

Written by Colby Wilson

Clarksville, TN – Christ.

The Washington Nationals delivered a resounding beating to the Braves over the weekend that included all the things that inhabit Joe Simpson’s nightmares. Bryce Harper hitting two home runs. Bryce Harper hitting a walk-off. Bryce Harper being happy. Not the best of times.

In a season such as this, it’s not the journey that matters – blah baseball is going to be blah baseball regardless and even Don Sutton and Jim Powell are already taking shots at the Eric Young Jr.’s of the roster because really, if you had to choose, would you rather watch him or Mallex Smith? Phil Gosselin or Jose Peraza? Chris Johnson or Rio Ruiz? Whatever… we’ll get to them in 2016.

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) at bat against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans play Indianapolis Colts at LP Field Sunday

 

Tennessee Titans (2-13) vs. Indianapolis Colts (10-5)

Sunday, December 28th, 2014 | Noon CST
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (2-13) conclude the 2014 regular season this week at home against the AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts (10-5). Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, December 28th.

The Colts locked up the division crown in Week 15 and are guaranteed to host a playoff game on Wild Card Weekend. They will be either the fourth seed or third seed (currently fourth) in the AFC playoffs.

Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (12) huddles the offense during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts defeated the Titans 41-17. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst (12) huddles the offense during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Colts defeated the Titans 41-17. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans lost to the New York Jets 16-11 at LP Field Sunday

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (2-12) lost to the New York Jets (3-22) at LP Field Sunday, 16-11. It was their eighth straight loss and 11th loss in their last 12 games.

The Jets rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead on a 1 yard run by Chris Ivory for a touchdown. The drive was extended on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Titans’ middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard. The penalty gave New York a first down instead of a 4th and 19.

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker ((82) carries the ball against the New York Jets during the last play of the second half at LP Field. The Jets beat the Titans 16-11. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker ((82) carries the ball against the New York Jets during the last play of the second half at LP Field. The Jets beat the Titans 16-11. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans take on the New York Jets at LP Field, Sunday

 

Tennessee Titans (2-11) vs. New York Jets (2-11)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 | 3:05pm CT
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week the Tennessee Titans (2-11) host the New York Jets (2-11). The late afternoon kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 3:05pm CT on Sunday, December 14th.

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Andrew Catalon will handle play-by-play duties, while Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker will serve as analysts.

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr (13) carries the ball against Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) during the second half at LP Field. The Giants beat the Titans 36-7. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr (13) carries the ball against Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) during the second half at LP Field. The Giants beat the Titans 36-7. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans face the New York Giants at LP Field, Sunday

 

Tennessee Titans (2-10) vs. New York Giants (3-9)

Sunday, December 7th, 2014 | Noon CST
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: FOX

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week the Tennessee Titans (2-10) play host to the New York Giants (3-9). Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, December 7th.

The game will be televised regionally on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV FOX 17. Thom Brennaman will handle play-by-play duties, and David Diehl will serve as analyst. Laura Okmin will report from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) rushes during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina - USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) rushes during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina – USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans play the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field on Monday Night Football

 

Tennessee Titans (2-7) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)

Monday, November 17th, 2014 | 7:30pm CST
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: ESPN/WKRN

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week the national spotlight descends upon Tennessee as the Titans (2-7) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) on Monday Night Football. It is the 77th all-time meeting between the former division rivals. Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7:30pm CST on Monday, November 17th.

ESPN will broadcast the game to a national television audience. The telecast can be seen locally in Nashville on WKRN News 2. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties, while Jon Gruden provides analysis and Lisa Salters reports from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans play Houston Texans at LP Field, Sunday

 

Tennessee Titans (2-5) vs. Houston Texans (3-4)

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 | Noon CDT
Nashville, TN | LP Field (69,143) | TV: FOX

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (2-5) reach the midpoint of their season this week, hosting the Houston Texans (3-4) in the final game before their bye. Kickoff at LP Field is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, October 26th.

In a departure from tradition, this week’s game between AFC South rivals will be televised regionally on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV FOX 17.

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) carries the ball past Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy (93) in the second quarter at FedEx Field last Sunday. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey (20) carries the ball past Washington Redskins linebacker Trent Murphy (93) in the second quarter at FedEx Field last Sunday. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Titans look to get on track against Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday at LP Field

 

Tennessee Titans (1-4) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)

Sunday, October 12th, 2014 | Noon CDT
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: CBS

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (1-4) host the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) this week. Kickoff at LP Field (capactiy 69,143) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, October 12th.

This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF News-Channel 5. Andrew Catalon will handle play-by-play duties, while Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker will serve as analysts.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) carries the ball after a reception against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at LP Field last Sunday. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter (15) carries the ball after a reception against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at LP Field last Sunday. (Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)

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