Morton, Braves stumble into curious history

ATLANTA — While alternating wins and losses for more than two weeks, one could say the Braves have become maddeningly predictable. But an optimist could look at the caliber of competition faced since the All-Star break and say the defending National League East champs will be just fine.

As Atlanta bid adieu to one of the most challenging portions of its schedule with a 2-1 loss to the Brewers on Sunday at Truist Park, its upgraded lineup didn’t sufficiently support Charlie Morton. It was an all-too-familiar loss for a team that hopes to finally get on a roll as the schedule proves less challenging over the next few weeks.

The Braves have gone 8-9 against five playoff contenders — the Rays, Padres, Phillies, Mets and Brewers — since the All-Star break. They exit this stretch just as they entered it, four games behind the first-place Mets in the National League East.

“This was a gauntlet we went through, mentally, physically and the competition,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “We’re going to end the day where we started, which is good because that thing could have gone sideways with the teams we were playing.”

But Atlanta has not had a winning record this season, and it has now set an MLB record by not recording the same result in 16 consecutive games. This streak will be erased when the team resumes its July 21 suspended game against the Padres on Sept.…

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