Mention the Atlanta Braves and one is likely to think of Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Chipper Jones as well as their 14 consecutive division titles, five NL pennants and a World Series title in 1995.
Right now those days seem so far away as the team lost its 10th consecutive game. The Braves had a 2-1 lead against the Washington Nationals in the 9th but couldn't hold it and lost in extra innings.
There was a time when the Braves appeared to have a chance to contend in the NL East this season. On June 21st, the Braves had a 35-35 record. That doesn't look particularly impressive, but they had just swept the New York Mets and were 1.5 games back of the Metropolitans and 2 games back of the Nats. Since the summer solstice, the Braves have gone 19-46. Since the All-Star Break, the Braves are 12-34. The Braves are only a game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies for last place in the NL East and the worst record in MLB. Regardless of where they finish, the Braves are on their way to having their worst season in 25 years.