It’s safe to open your eyes now. They survived.
The injuries, the offensive struggles, the questions about a leadoff hitter, the faceplant by Dan Uggla, the sudden tabloid fodder of Roger McDowell and Derek Lowe, whatever that was when Chipper Jones said something about Jason Heyward not playing with a sore shoulder . . . somehow the Braves have overcome it all.
They won again Thursday. They dumped the Colorado Rockies 6-3 and swept a four-game series by a composite score of 24-8. They went 6-1 on a homestand. They’ve won nine of their last 10 and 14 of their last 17 to close to within 2½ games of first-place Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves and Phillies meet in a final weekend series before the All-Star break beginning Friday night. A few weeks ago, could you have imagined this many positive signs?
The Braves have a better record now (53-36) than they did at the All-Star