At the urging of John Smoltz (and just about every resident of the city of Atlanta), John Scheurholz went out and traded for a closer.
The Braves just picked up Indians reliever Bob Wickman, who hasn’t exactly been automatic this season, but who has been good over the last few weeks and will be a DRAMATIC improvement over everybody else the Braves have used to close out games this year.
So now that the Braves have a closer and their offense has come to life, can the team win the wild card? Why stop there — is there any chance that the Braves will catch the Mets, whose pitching is starting to head south with Pedro Martinez both injured and ill and Tom Glavine rapidly aging?
I’ll tell you what, you can feel the excitement here in Atlanta. Even in this city notorious for lackluster fans who don’t even buy tickets until the team makes the world series, there is an energy. Everybody loves an underdog. And make no mistake, this Braves team is an underdog. Anytime you’re in the same division as the carefree-spending Mets and the Mets are 12 games in front, you’re an underdog. Doesn’t matter if you’ve won the division 14 years in a row.
And I never thought I’d say this. But let’s face it, the Phillies aren’t going anywhere and I just HATE the Mets. So…(oh god, I’m gonna regret this)…go Bravos!