Braves sinking fast, fall to Nats 8-3

The Braves losing streak is at four games now and this is not the time to make a habit of losing.

After coming off a frustrating sweep by the Phillies, I thought the Braves would be eager to dish out the pain on the Nationals.

The Nationals have been a thorn in the Braves side all year long. With the loss tonight, the Braves are 7-9 against Washington this season.

Adam Dunn led the way for the Nationals offense with two homers and five runs batted in.

These are frustrating times for the Braves. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Tim Hudson struggled again tonight and he’s now 1-3 in his last four starts with a 6.75 ERA in 24 IP. Maybe Hudson is feeling a bit fatigued. After all, he hasn’t throw over 200 innings since 2007 so it would make sense for him to be tired.

The Braves hitters struck out 14 times and were 2-9 with runners in scoring position despite only have one walk and six hits. Not the performance you want to see after being one-hit in their last game.

It would be absolutely heart breaking for the Braves to collapse and not make the playoffs in Bobby’s last season. I’m still willing to believe in this team, but they are really going to have to turn things around in a hurry.

The Braves are now a half game behind the Padres in the Wild Card. If any of you are still clinging to the hope of an NL East title — you should have let that one go a few days ago. The Braves still end their season with six games at home, so there’s reason for hope.

It’s very frustrating to see this team struggle so bad. They have played so well all season long. So what exactly is wrong with this team?

They are 9-13 for the month of September after going 18-11 in August. Their starting pitching hasn’t been nearly as good as it has been and they just can’t seem to push runners across the plate. Last month, the Braves lead the National League in runs scored and they were second in homeruns and first in OPS.

September has been far less kind. They are 13th of 16 teams in runs scored and hitting a paltry .225 with a .287 on-base percentage. That’s just not going to cut it. The pitching hasn’t been terrible this month (3.77 ERA), but compared to previous months it is making a difference with the lack of run production.

ERA by Month
April: 4.24
May: 3.51
June: 3.62
July: 3.28
August: 3.17
September: 3.77 (so far)

So, the Braves are averaging 3.42 runs per game as an offense which is a half a run below league average. The Braves need to find a way to score.

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