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Guilty
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Anyone else agree with me that the Braves are a good team that is highly under-rated?
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thegreatgrundle
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Are they a good team? Obviously, since they win their division every year. Are they underrated? Probably not, because they've only won it all once in that time. I think their window of opportunity has passed. The NL East is going to be too good next year, and they'll finally, finally lose their crown.
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Nope. My 'stros did everything in their power to give the NLDS to them, but they refused to take it.
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The Braves haven't been able to put it all together for a short series -- they've always had a deficiency that rears its head in the playoffs that they can overcome during the season (mainly because it doesn't have to be used all that often).
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They remind me of the A's, if any of you have ever read Moneyball. They have the stats that over a long season make them successful, but the playoffs (especially a 5-game series) are a crap shoot. A handful of plays or just plain bad luck can end it all. That being said, however, having been in the playoffs so much you'd think the ball would bounce their way more than once.
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The braves are an "underrated" team, in a way. They've consistently had to rebuild and restructure themselves, and yet they continue to win. And yet they do so, year in and year out. They've only won one world series, but they are still one of the greatest teams in baseball history.

Winning a division is only easy if there is no competition within your division, and that has rarely been the case with the Braves. Check out preseason predictions over the last decade. Usually there are several possible rational picks to win the NL East... and yet, its the braves that come out on top. They've had to battle tough teams, not just in the playoffs, but in their own division. Whether that weakens them for the playoffs or not, here's whats relevant: You can't be a great team if you don't make the playoffs, and playoff teams are essentially equally balanced in most cases. The team that makes the playoffs the most over a given period of time is the best team within that time period, regardless of what they do in that time period. Playoffs are luck, and very rarely is one team superior to another in a meaningful sense. Even in a sweep, the teams are equally matched, but one team hits a cold spell while the other hits a hot spell. Statistically, from a baseball perspective, a 5 game series is meaningless to determine the better team. 5 games is a slump or a streak for a hitter.

The braves have always had a weakness, but so have the teams they have faced. But if you're hitting doesn't click for a week, that doesn't mean you have bad hitting, necessarily. The red sox led the majors in runs scored again... yet couldn't hit against chicago. Not because chicago's pitching was better then the red sox pitching (the season series should show that this would be a flawed assumption), but because the red sox got cold and chicago got hot.

In a nutshell, what I'm saying is: Over the last 15 years, which team has won more games? Which teams have had better run differentials? If you have to pick a team to call great, knowing nothing but the won-lost record, and the run differentials, you'd pick the braves, if you're looking at a 15 year window. And any time you can say "This team has an average of 5 more wins per season over the last 15 seasons then any other team in baseball," you're looking at the team that is the best team in baseball for that time period... regardless of what type of luck and streaking goes on in a short series at the end of the year.

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Historically underated. Not this year. Unfortunately that is America, no room for second place.

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