The last time the Braves completed a homestand, they leveled the Toronto Blue Jays, had a few games where the batting order suddenly didn’t resemble a funeral procession (8, 12, 10 runs) and won six out of nine. And everybody rubbed their eyes.
As it turned out, that wasn’t the start of something big. More like the end of it.
The Braves lost to the remains of the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1, Thursday at Turner Field. They split four games with a team that came to town with an 11-19 road record and an anemic roster further dented by the trading of its best player (Nate McLouth).
They went 4-5 on a homestand, even with six of the nine games coming against the Cubs and Pirates, the flotsam and jetsam of the National League. That puts them at 15-17 at home and 29-30 overall. These past days in Atlanta also included yet