ATLANTA (AP) -- Chipper Jones never hesitates to speak his mind
when asked about the state of the Atlanta Braves.
Suffice it to say that the second half of 2008 hasn't exactly
caused the All-Star third baseman to wax euphoric, this despite a
.358 batting average that's second-best in the majors and just one
point off Albert Pujols' lead.
A 14-inning loss to Washington on Sunday dropped the Braves 20
games under .500 for the third time in one week.
"It was the same old story," Jones said. "We can't get outs
in the seventh and eighth innings to get the ball to (closer Mike
Gonzalez). Yeah, we had some opportunities offensively, but you
just like to see games that you have firmly in your grasp won. We
just haven't been able to bridge the gap consistently between the
starter and the closer."
No, as manager Bobby Cox as often said over the last two-plus
months, Atlanta rarely gives itself a chance. The Braves
consistently leave runners in scoring position. Their defense makes
Even Sunday, when starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes seemed on the
Braves Chipper Jones Hopes Team's Freefall Stops Soon
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