Braves’ current record: 34-29 (3rd in NL East, 5 games behind Washington Nationals)
June 8: Won 4-3 vs. Toronto Blue Jays (10 innings)
June 9: Won 5-2 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
June 10: Lost 12-4 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
June 11: Lost 3-0 vs. New York Yankees
June 12: Lost 6-4 vs. New York Yankees
June 13: Lost 3-2 vs. New York Yankees
The Braves weren’t great at the plate in their two wins this week, and it only got worse from there. When they collected a 4-0 lead early in Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays, they seemed to check out and assume a victory. The rest of the game, they were lifeless; the Blue Jays scored 12 unanswered runs after that. The Braves were outscored 24-6 in the final three-and-a-half games of the week, and that’s shameful, even if the last three losses came to the surging Yankees.
In that three-game series against the Yankees, the Braves stranded 26 runners on base. Many of them were left on third base, and some of them were on third with one out or less. The desperation just didn’t seem to be there, and as a result, Atlanta was swept at home by the Yankees.
The Yankees toyed with the Braves in their three games at Turner Field. By that, I mean that every time the Braves fought back to score a few runs, the Yankees would quickly take the lead again. The Braves were the fat guy running frantically on the treadmill, and the Yankees were holding the donut just out of reach. No matter what they did, it wasn’t enough.
This week’s problems had a lot to do with the pitching, too. Jonny Venters served up a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th inning of Tuesday night’s game. The Braves were leading 4-0 until Alex Rodriguez cleared the bases with one swing. The Braves didn’t make much noise after that, but to be fair, they weren’t making much noise before that, either.
Not much was wrong with the Braves’ fielders this week — when they lost, it was because opponents were hitting line drives out of the reach of the defense. They played solid situational baseball between home runs. Hopefully, the upcoming week will yield much more opportunities for the defense to shine.
The week ahead:
Friday: vs. Baltimore Orioles, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Baltimore Orioles, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:35 p.m.
Monday: at New York Yankees, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday: at New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m.