Chop Flop # 1: The 2012 Braves
H2H Record: 4-14 (.222 WP)
Lastly, we come to the 2012 Marlins. Remember them? New stadium, massive payroll, pricey manager. And gigantic disappointment. I suppose this would rank as the second biggest overall, given the hopes for this season going in.
Naturally, the four wins against a team we were supposed to challenge for the division stung, and the fact that the Braves didn’t even win the division themselves made it all the worse. Not to mention the fact that ex-Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez was at the helm, with 2012 All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla helping to lead the way.
The Marlins finished last in the division, humiliated and dismantled. The Braves finished in the playoffs, though only for a day, thanks to one of the most controversial calls you could ever hope to see in any game. Let alone such a high stakes one.
Mean spirited as it is, feel free to enjoy that one for awhile. Especially if you’ve never seen it; I know a few of us might have gladly shifted our attention to football by that point after the way that particular Marlins campaign went.
But there you have it, your five worst Braves finishes. The 2016 campaign was painful, but by the numbers, we’ve seen far worse.
Throwing out the number of wins though, and just sizing up the damage based on feel and what it ultimately cost us? Hard to argue that this year doesn’t surpass all of the above candidates, even the 2004 results. Flip the script, and they’re in the thick of the playoff race, with a winning season all but locked up. Instead, we’re having this conversation.
Whoever the Marlins sign this offseason, they better make sure they can beat Atlanta.