Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Game 2: Braves v Pirates 5/31/16

Yeah I debated if I even wanted to cover this game on the recap. So I'll just say this with little fanfare. The Braves got one hit. Yes, one hit. Now it's possible in some strange version of baseball that you can win a game with one hit. The last time that happened was when the A's beat the Rays 3-2 with one hit, mostly due to walks and errors. It's happened 5 times this decade. The rest of the time you lose. So you've learned something. Get more than one hit to win 99.9% of the time.

Wisler was good. He got punished in the 8th inning because he'd only given up one run, and he was allowed to keep pitching, but he was yanked with 2 runners on, and the stupid bullpen allowed both of those runners to score. So Wisler went from a possible 1-run outing to a 7 inning, 3 run outing. Still a Quality Start by the statistics, but hardly what Wisler was hoping for. However, with the way the Braves were hitting, the one run he gave up was enough to earn the loss. Because the run support around here sucks. How bad does it suck? Let's look at the run support stats for the starter on this team.

172 pitchers have pitched 20 innings or more so far this season here's how the Braves pitchers rank:

168th - Julio Teheran 2.18 runs per game
164th - Matt Wisler 2.50 runs per game
145th - Mike Foltynewicz 3.00 runs per game
121st - Bud Norris 3.60 runs per game
96th - Jhoulys Chacin 4.00 runs per game (we traded him)
92nd - Aaron Blair 4.17 runs per game
34th - Williams Perez 5.29 runs per game

Blair and Perez are getting the most run support on the team. You know how many wins they have? 2 wins, both by Perez. Blair has ZERO. That goes to show you how badly Blair has been pitching, because the Braves are only 1-5 in his starts despite averaging 4.17 runs of support for the kid. If Julio and Wisler had that kind of support, the Braves would have 7 more wins mostly likely. Which would be a heck of a lot better than the win total we have now of 15 total.

Get these good pitcher some more runs. Anything under 3.50 a game is freaking paltry.


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