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Former Members of Atlanta Braves Having Solid Postseason: Fan’s Take

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As the Atlanta Braves sit at home and watch the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs, they surely recognize some former faces from their locker room that are still playing through the second week of October. Some former members of the Braves have been terrific for their current clubs this postseason, forcing some to wonder what went wrong during their time in Atlanta.

Nate McLouth, Baltimore Orioles -- 6-for-18, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB, .924 OPS

McLouth had a rough stretch during his career in Atlanta, but bounced back this season with the Orioles. In limited time, he hit .241 during the regular season and has done even better during the postseason. He has been a major reason why the Orioles forced a fifth game in the division series with the New York Yankees.

Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals -- 2-for-13, 2 HR, 2 RBI, .968 OPS

LaRoche hasn't exactly been a menace to the Cardinals in their opening round series, but the two hits he has had were crucial. He had a solid regular season (.271, 33 HR, 100 RBI) and could be a major contributor for the Nationals throughout the rest of the playoffs if they can advance past St. Louis.

Rafael Soriano, New York Yankees -- 2 games, 3 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

The former Atlanta closer has made two appearances for the Yankees this postseason in their thrilling series against the Orioles. He has done exactly what the team has needed him to do in those games, but unfortunately, he hasn't pitched with a chance to earn a save.

Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals -- 1 start, 5 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 10 K, 1.59 ERA, 0-1 record

Wainwright was originally drafted by Atlanta, but never saw the mound until joining the Cardinals. He has made one start in the Washington series, picking up a hard luck 3-2 loss.

Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees -- 5-for-15, 1 RBI, 4 BB, .807 OPS

The player Atlanta once mortgaged their future for has played well for the Yankees this postseason. During his time in Atlanta, Teixeira was one of the most popular and productive members of the roster, but realistically, the team never had a chance to re-sign him and traded before losing him for nothing.


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Hobson Lopes has been a life-long Atlanta Braves fan, thanks to TBS, and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.

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