McCann says things are different; Braves playing like it

By May 9, 2012Brian McCann

By David O’Brien – April 21, 2012

PHOENIX — When the Braves lost their first four games this season in rather dispiriting fashion, Brian McCann knows there were a great many skeptics who wrote them off as the same team that lost 20 of its final 30 games last season and blew a huge wild-card lead in September.

But in the clubhouse, that was not the feeling, he said. The Braves returned virtually intact from 2011, and they viewed themselves as the team that had the majors’ fourth-best record in late August — not the team that produced one of the worst September collapses in baseball history.

McCann hit a two-run homer Friday night, and Freeman had two more run-scoring doubles to give him 12 RBIs in the Braves’ four-game winning streak.