Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Holiday Catchup from Memorial Day

I'm not going to recap every game I've missed by going out of town for this weekend, nor will I worry about being off the radar. It was fun, and you know what? The Braves won some games! It was pretty fun to watch baseball over the weekend for once. That made the weekend worth it alone, and the trip with family was just gravy.

From Friday to yesterday, the Braves went 3-1 on the long weekend, and they had a combined 19-14 run differential. The starting pitching was pretty solid with guys like Folty, Blair, and Perez all having 2 run or less games. Teheran got beat up pretty badly by his standards, giving up 3 in 5.1 innings and taking the loss. That's only because Julio has been so good over the last month that we even think of that as a bad outing. If that was Blair, we'd give him a pass.

Gordon Beckham has suddenly come alive this week with 2 homers, 6 RBIs, 7 hits, and 5 runs scored. Gordon was involved in 9 runs of offense for this team on the week, and that's pretty large for a guy who has suddenly emerged from bench platoon to everyday player. Also, Eric Aybar got plunked in the ankle and he's on the DL now. Which, I mean okay. I'm not going to pretend to be upset that he's out of the lineup, but I am sorry that it took an injury to do it. The manager should have just sat him on his own without getting plunked. Still, we're winning games now that Aybar is out. So yeah. Good.

Tyler Flowers also should be playing every day. On the week he's got a .231/.444/.538 slash line, while AJ's is .083/.143/.083 on the week. How is this even a question anymore? AJ should play every 4th day or on days when we switch from day night road trips. He should catch 40 games a year, and nothing more than that as a starter. It's time to move on and let the younger, better hitting catcher play.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased. The team is starting to come together. Suddenly they are pitching well across all the starters, and they are scoring just enough runs to win ballgames. If the offense continues to improve as we sit the bad players, play the hot players, and bring up the younger talent in June? The future is bright!


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