Whatever kind of braves fan you are, modest or obsessed, you have to realize that the Braves 2009 team is much better than last year, and possibly even better than 2007. Ok, let's just say since 2005, which was the last time they made the playoffs. The Braves see themselves just 3 games back from the Wild card spot after over-coming the ever problematic Marlins last night.
The Marlins are the youngest, and the smallest market team in the Major Leagues. What does this mean? The Marlins are the kind of team that are a nuisance on the older players who are most of the time playing to earn a paycheck, like the Braves. However, with that said, the Braves have not faltered in their ability to get the job done in the last two games. Who can you thank for our recent streak? Yes, the Braves have succeeded with consistent starting pitching, with solid performances from each of their starters, but that's not a ground-breaking story this season, the Braves have done that all year long. It's the surging performances from the unsung heroes of our team such as, Matt Diaz, Martin Prado, and the rehabilitated Omar Infante. What do they all have in common? They are bench players who have struggled for their spot on the starting roster, and also, their salary is similar to many of the Marlins players.
The reigning American League champion Tampa Bay Devil Rays were a prime example last year of pure ability and passion for the game, and evidence that sometimes high paycheck can get in the way of your focus for the game and its importance. The Braves have that spark needed from the aforementioned triumvirate, and I can't way to see how the rest of the season unfolds.
Watch the Braves battle it out with the Marlins in the 3rd game of this 4 game series tonight at Land Shark stadium beginning at 7:10.