Bud Norris is done. If the Braves let him make his next scheduled start, they are fools. Bud didn't even make it through 2 innings last night on his way to giving up 6 runs with a grand slam. His ERA is nearing 9.00. Repeat, he is done. I don't want to see him anymore. Cut him, trade him, send him out into the ocean with a canoe and a paddle. I don't care. He has to go.
There are too many young pitchers with talent for this team to put up with a Bud Norris ruining games. Mainly, there's Mike Foltynewicz who should get the next start in place of Bud if the Braves can swing it. And they should do everything in their power to make that happen.
What can I say about a team that got beat in these last two games 20-8? Hey at least we scored 8? The good news is that the homerless streak is dead thanks to Freddie Freeman so we don't have to talk about that anymore. AJ Pierzynski got his 2,000th hit of his career, so that's nice. Drew Stubbs also got a couple of starts in these games and went 3/7 with 2 runs and a walk. That's great to see from somebody in the lineup.
And the good news ends there. Wisler got torched for 5 in his start of game 2. At the end of game 2, if you were watching it, you saw Ryan Weber get lit up like the grill he's named after. Weber gave up 5 runs in 2 innings of work, and it was a doubles parade with 2 outs as we all wondered if the 9th inning would ever stop. It's like that scene from the Simpsons where Krusty attacks the Hamburgler and just keeps kicking him while one of the kids cries, "Stop! Stop! He's already dead!" This current version of the Braves are already dead, we just have to watch the corpse jangle about before it gets resurrected by the young talent hanging out in the minor leagues. Too morbid? We gave up 20 runs in 2 days. I'm not exactly brimming with pride right now.
Game 3 wasn't any better even though we were sort of scoring runs, but Bud Norris dug such a hole that it was 6-1 before the Braves could bat in the 3rd. The Braves struck out 24 times in these two games. You only get 27 outs, so you can do the math on that one. I can guarantee you one thing, no matter where you fall on the "Do Strikeouts Matter" debate, everyone agrees that at a certain point if you're striking out THAT much it's bad. Especially when you have no power.
Did I mention I want Bud Norris gone? Good, why is he still on the team as I'm writing this? Let me know when he's been cut immediately.
Braves set a record for the most losses in April with 17. Get ready because we're going to break a lot more records for terrible this season the way this is going. The cavalry can't get here soon enough.
Braves lose 11-4
Braves lose 9-4
God have mercy on us all.