Braves in the Standings

National League East (from Braves.com)

Washington 73 45 .619
Atlanta 68 49 .581 4.5
NY Mets 55 62 .470 17.5
Philadelphia 54 63 .462 18.5
Miami 53 65 .449 20.0
The top two Wild Card teams from each league make the postseason and play each other in a one-game playoff.
Atlanta 68 49 .581 7-3 W2 8/15 vs SD, W 6-1 8/16 vs SD, 7:10 PM
Pittsburgh 64 53 .547 3-7 L3 8/15 vs LAD, L 3-9 8/16 vs LAD, 4:05 PM
St. Louis 64 53 .547 6-4 W2 8/15 vs ARI, W 5-2 8/16 vs ARI, 8:15 PM
San Francisco 64 54 .542 0.5 45 5-5 L1 8/15 vs WSH, L 4-6 8/17 @ SD, 10:05 PM
Arizona 58 59 .496 6.0 40 3-7 L2 8/15 @ STL, L 2-5 8/16 @ STL, 8:15 PM
NY Mets 55 62 .470 9.0 37 3-7 L2 8/15 @ CIN, L 1-6 8/16 @ CIN, 7:10 PM
Philadelphia 54 63 .462 10.0 36 6-4 L1 8/15 @ MIA, L 2-9 8/16 @ MIL, 8:10 PM
Miami 53 65 .449 11.5 34 4-6 W1 8/15 vs PHI, W 9-2 8/16 @ COL, 8:40 PM

Braves Go to Six-Man Rotation As Playoffs Draw Near

For the duration of August, the Atlanta Braves will be moving to a six man rotation, to which Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will choose his best five out of this group. With the return of Tommy Hanson from the disabled list with a strained lower back, he makes six starting pitchers. Tim Hudson is clearly going to make that list. As for resurgent Ben Sheets, newly acquired right-hander Paul Maholm, the Braves moved reliever Kris Medlen from the bullpen; Mike Minor is as up and down as Tommy Hanson has been, and Jair Jurrjens is a liability that the Braves seemingly don’t want to risk a good playoff run on (nor does he count in this count). The Braves, who are 4.5 games behind the Nationals and their best rotation in baseball, are leading the National League Wild Card standings, with the Pirates, Giants/Dodgers are behind them as they straighten their rotation out. Gonzalez assured the media on Sunday as this was announced, via the Washington Post, “No, we’ll go with our best five and I can promise you on that…Our best five, or the five healthiest guys”.

Civil Rights Game

The Annual Civil Rights Game will take place in Atlanta’s Turner Field for the second year in a row, as the second game of a three game series against the L.A. Dodgers. For more information on the Civil Rights Game weekend and its history click here. The series is from August 17-19.
This year’s’ award recipients are Dodgers great Don Newcombe, the three founding members of the legendary soul group Earth, Wind and Fire, and Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), considered one of the founding members of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
The Dodgers, while in Atlanta, will also be honoring Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson during the August 18th Civil Rights game this weekend. Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, and his daughter Sharon, will be in attendance in the game.

Photo —- The Civil Rights game for 2012 will be in Atlanta for the second year in a row, as the Braves host the game to commemorate both men and women who have impacted the Civil Rights on and off their respective fields of play.

Chipper Jones Bobble-head Night

August 16 is a date that makes me want to hitchhike to Atlanta from Athens and go to Turner Field, where the Braves end a series with the San Diego Padres and will honor their retiring future Hall of Famer (you can never say that enough) Chipper Jones with the best looking bobble-head ever created. Jones had the night off in a 6-1 victory against the Padres, and will be in the line up tonight.

For the most up-to date division standings and statistics, visit the standings page on MLB.COM.


Tanita Gaither is the Creator and Principal Writer for The Southern Fried Sports Girl , a proud Georgia Bulldawg, a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and Chipper Jones devotee. Follow Tanita on Twitter @southsportsgirl.

Information, quotes and statistics used in this article from The Official Website of Major League Baseball (, The New York Daily News, ESPN.COM, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, SportsOverdose.com, Yahoo Sports, MLBTradeRumors.com, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal. Images from google.com, Jeff Robertson/AP.


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