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After all those postseason flops, Braves go ahead and blow it before the playoffs this time
ATLANTA (AP) ' A franchise known for its postseason flops switched to fast-forward this time.
The Atlanta Braves went ahead and blew it before the playoffs.
Joining the Boston Red Sox in a pair of unprecedented September flops, the Braves spent Thursday cleaning out their lockers rather than packing for an NL division series that seemed all but certain just a few weeks ago.
Atlanta had a 10 -game lead on St. Louis in late August. The margin was still 8 games the first week of September. But the pitching faded, and the offense that had been a problem all year was finally exposed.
No wonder reliever Jonny Venters says he didn't get much sleep after the dramatic final game, a 13-inning loss to Philadelphia that ended the season.