For the last two seasons, the Atlanta Braves have been unable to reach or surpass a .500 winning percentage. In 2014, the Braves finished the season at a 79-83 clip. The following year, the Braves went 67-95 and a .414 winning percentage, which was their worst season since 1990 when they went 65-97 with a .401 winning percentage. Things are only getting worse this time around. If the Braves conclude the season going 8-14 or worse, then they will lose 100 or more games this year, which will be the first time the organization has reached that mark since 1988, when they finished 54-106 under the former Pittsburgh Pirates managing great Chuck Tanner.
Indeed, this is not a mark the Atlanta Braves fans have seen in a long time, finishing near the top of the league in most seasons since 1991. There was even a stretch in which Atlanta finished in 1st place in the National League East for 11 straight seasons, from 1995 to 2005.
The Braves will be on the rise soon, though, with a minor league that ranks 2nd of all 30 Major League clubs, moving up 12 spots from the 2015 season. This was helped in large part by the trade that involved moving Shelby Miller to Arizona in order to receive number one draft pick Dansby Swanson, who has since made his major league debut.
Everyone knew this would be a rebuilding year for the generally powerhouse organization that is the Atlanta Braves, but I think fans were hoping the team wouldn’t be the worst team in baseball (that is, besides maybe the Twins).
To conclude, the Braves are on the cusp of having a 100-loss season for the first time in almost three decades, but that doesn’t mean the future isn’t bright. But for the for the time being, it’s an interesting bit of information, given the Braves success for nearly the last 30 years.