The worst of the schedule is behind them, and the Atlanta Braves are a game behind San Francisco for the second wild card. That's the good news. Less cheery is the realization that, having fallen eight games behind Washington with 31 remaining, they could sweep the final six games against the Nats and still not nose ahead.
Bottom line: The sequence of 25 games that began July 29 and saw the Braves play 18 times against plus-.500 opposition -- and Cincinnati, against which the run ended, only recently fell below .500 -- didn't break them. They lost the first eight of those games and 12 of the first 15, but they finished the four weeks 11-15. Not great, no. But, all things considered, not out-and-out terrible.