Wiedmer: Could the Braves actually wind up missing the playoffs?

Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley strikes out swinging during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in New York. The Mets won 5-2. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)

Now that the Atlanta Braves have laid a really big egg in the Big Apple, is it fair to ask if their near-certain lock on the National League playoffs isn't quite so certain anymore?

Especially when they didn't just lose four of five games to the NL East-leading New York Metropolitans, but lost them by a total score of 31-22, scoring a meager two runs in each of the last two losses. And those two defeats have been more the rule than the exception of late, despite the Braves trailing only the New York Yankees in home runs for all of Major League Baseball.

In fact, over the last 14 games, Atlanta has scored two or fewer runs six times, and the Braves won one of those, besting Arizona 1-0 back on July 31.