Missing Chipper Jones

Without its star third baseman, Atlanta is on the verge of missing the playoffs

Updated: September 28, 2010, 11:40 AM ET
By Bryan Smith | FanGraphs
Getty ImagesAlex Gonzalez, Omar Infante and Martin Prado have been awful since Chipper Jones went down.

The Philadelphia Phillies are no strangers to a September standings comeback -- this season is the third time in four years they captured first place in the National League East during the season's final month. Conversely, the Atlanta Braves are not at all familiar with a late-season choke. The latest a Bobby Cox-managed Braves team previously relinquished its lead was May 15.

It is unfortunate that Cox's final campaign will be marred by relinquishing a lead that stood at seven games July 22 and still a somewhat comfortable three games Sept. 1.