Braves’ current record: 12-7 (2nd in NL East, 2.5 games behind Washington Nationals)
April 19: Won 10-2 at Arizona Diamondbacks
April 20: Won 9-1 at Arizona Diamondbacks
April 21: Won 3-2 at Arizona Diamondbacks
April 22: Lost 6-4 at Arizona Diamondbacks
April 23: Lost 7-2 at Los Angeles Dodgers
April 24: Won 4-3 at Los Angeles Dodgers
April 25: Won 4-2 at Los Angeles Dodgers
The Braves won their first two games of the week by eight runs apiece, but they didn’t score more than four runs in a game the rest of the week. But they managed to win three of the remaining five games, and that was due, in part, to multiple late-inning rallies. Clutch hitting definitely swung the series against the Dodgers to the Braves’ side, and 40-year-old Chipper Jones continues to get it done (when he can play). He hit his third home run of the year in Tuesday’s win over the Dodgers.
Left fielder Martin Prado also performed beautifully on the road trip, knocking in seven runs on seven hits in seven games. Believe it or not, Prado’s batting average is higher on the road than at Turner Field (he’s batting .260 away from Atlanta, but just .238 in the ATL).
The Braves saw a major drop-off in fielding errors this week, as the team only made two of them in seven games. Both of them were made by second baseman Dan Uggla, who now leads the team with five errors. That’s not the stat you want to be leading.
As a collective group, the Braves are on the rise in the NL rankings for fielding — they now rank No. 10 with a .981 team fielding percentage.
When the offense dwindled later in the week, the pitching staff kept the Braves in the game. Aside from another disastrous outing by Jair Jurrjens, which led to his demotion to the minors, Braves pitchers allowed less than three runs in four of the six games not started by Jurrjens.
Reliever Eric O’Flaherty continues to improve after a slow start, throwing 1.2 hitless innings in two outings this week, earning a win in Tuesday’s victory. Closer Craig Kimbrel also notched three more saves this week, allowing just one hit in three combined save situations.
The week ahead:
Friday: Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday: Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
Sunday: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:35 p.m.
Monday: Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday: Philadelphia Phillies, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday: Philadelphia Phillies, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday: Philadelphia Phillies, 12:10 p.m.