Chop Flop # 4: The 2013 Braves
H2H Record: 6-13 (.316 WP)
This finish easily would sit fifth on the list if you factored in intangibles, for the 2013 season really was a complete disaster outside of the emergence of Jose Fernandez. Keep that in mind anytime you want to criticize that abysmal 62-win squad- you don’t start a rookie pitcher with that little experience if you’re good enough to, you know, do anything constructive with those 162 games on the schedule.
The 2013 Braves? They lost only four more games than the Marlins won that year, going 96-66 on the way to another division title. The six games the Fish managed to win against Atlanta that season was actually one better than the five they managed to record against the Nationals, so at least there’s that. Current Marlin Chris Johnson was a key cog for the Atlanta Uptons that season, and Dan Uggla continued to provide pop as well to a deep lineup.
Miami’s fate felt predetermined from the start of that season- a natural consequence of losing nine of your first ten games- so the sting is minimal despite the impressive futility.
The 2013 Braves’ fate? Don Mattingly‘s Dodgers finished em off in the NLDS, three games to one.