While television network executives search for the nearest window ledge at thoughts of a Texas-San Francisco World Series, it’s becoming more apparent than ever that the Braves just missed out on one of their greatest chances ever to win another World Series.
We know injuries crushed the roster. We also know that the Braves somehow made it to the postseason anyway and played four one-run games with the San Francisco Giants, losing the National League Divisional Series, 3-1. The general belief was that even if the Braves had beaten the Giants, they would’ve been stomped by Philadelphia.
For those who’ve tuned out baseball’s postseason since the Braves exited, the Giants are one win away from eliminating the Phillies (leading the NLCS 3-1). Texas is close to closing out the New York Yankees (3-2 in the ALCS). The Phillies and Yankees are the last two World Series champions, and they were expected to meet for this year’s title.
If the Giants and Rangers are eliminating the Phillies and Yankees, what could that have meant for the Braves?
It’s worth restating: For as many great moments as the Braves gave fans this season, we’ll never know how good the 2010 team could have been. Season-ending injuries to Chipper Jones, Martin Prado, Billy Wagner, Kris Medlen and ultimately Jair Jurrjens was too much.
But even in the end, there wasn’t much separating the Braves from the Giants, who are now one win from the Series.