Chop Flop # 5: The 2011 Braves
H2H Record: 6-12 (.333 WP)
Ah, the 2011 season. Remember that fun time when we went 30-20 under the steely-eyed gaze of manager Edwin Rodriguez, only to follow that up with a stretch where we went 2-21 built almost entirely around the worst month (a five-win June) in franchise history? Good stuff, especially since I spent most of my expendable cash at that time on a West Coast road trip to watch them play the Oakland A’s. Actually saw two of those five wins!
But the Braves. The Marlins took the first series against them, winning two out of three. They promptly lost nine of their next ten, thanks in no small part to the 36 HR season from newly minted Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. Yea, that Dan Uggla. Chipper Jones helped as well, with his usual Marlin-killer prowess.
The saving grace? The epic, EPIC, HOW DID YOU DO THAT BRAVES FANS READING THIS THANKS TO THE MAGIC OF RETWEETING, collapse that the Braves suffered in the season’s final month that led to them spending October the same way the Marlins did. Watching the playoffs from home.