Mother Nature gave the Braves a much-needed day off on Saturday
The Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon, to come within two games of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. The Braves had a four and a half game lead over the Nationals, before losing the last two games of a four game series that concluded this past Thursday night.
Both the Braves and Nationals lost on Friday night.
The Braves have lost 11 of their last 16 games, including three in a row, and seven of their last ten. That 12-2 start to the season seems a long time ago.
Today’s rainout gave the Braves players a chance to recharge their batteries. Atlanta has played 17 of the past 18 days, including a 10-game road trip. The Braves are scheduled to play the Mets at home tomorrow afternoon, and then leave on another ten game road trip where they will play ten days in a row.
If Saturday’s game against the Mets had not been cancelled they would have had to play 29 games in 30 days.
Atlanta may get a chance for more rest. Sunday’s forecast calls for a 70% chance of rain.
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