I was in Dallas over the weekend so I missed most of these games except for following them on the phone. I did get to see the last game go into extra innings on Sunday, and well, you know the rest on that one. It's too bad, because we did have a chance to take a series for the first time since Miami. But alas, the offense on this team is miss or miss. Get it? Like hit or miss but they don't hit? I slay me. Let's do a Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on this thing:
Pitching. Specifically starting pitching.
Teheran gave up 1 earned run in 7 innings, on 108 pitches with 3 walks and 5 Ks.
Folty gave up 0 runs in 8 innings on 103 pitches, 7 hits, and 4 Ks.
Wisler gave up 2 runs in 7.1 innings on 116 pitches, 8 hits and 7 Ks.
That's pretty dang good. I'd say that 22.1 innings of 3 earned runs should be enough to win a series. Oh but the Braves only scored 3 runs in 2 of the games. So that's a problem. Oh and the bullpen gave up 5 runs too. But still, the offense was the biggest issue. I'll cover that more in...
The offense was bad. 8 runs in 3 games really isn't going to win you much unless you compile most of them in one game. That's what the Braves did, they scored 5 runs in game 2, leading to a 5-0 victory as Folty was dealing. Still, the Braves only went 6-24 (.250) with RISP, which is pretty average considering the amount of chances they had. You'd like to see them capitalize more often since they can't really hit homers other than Freddie Freeman.
Nick Markakis was the DH for the team and went 1-12 on the series. That's completely out of the norm for a guy like Nick who is usually one of the best hitters on the squad. But not this weekend, and it was a problem for games 1 and 3 especially. We need Nick to set the table at the top, and while he had a couple of walks in game 2, he was mostly outmatched at the plate this weekend.
Braves lost 5-1 in Game 1
Braves won 5-0 in Game 2
Braves lost 4-2 in 13 innings in Game 3