The Braves’ Week in Review: June 15-21

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Braves’ current record: 37-32 (3rd in NL East, 3.5 games behind Washington Nationals)

Last week:
June 15: Won 4-2 vs. Baltimore Orioles
June 16: Lost 5-0 vs. Baltimore Orioles
June 17: Lost 2-0 vs. Baltimore Orioles
June 18: Lost 6-2 at New York Yankees
June 19: Won 4-3 at New York Yankees
June 20: Won 10-5 at New York Yankees

Offense: C

Aside from that 10-run outburst in the final game of the series against the Yankees that was truly beautiful, the Braves were quite mediocre at the plate this week. Sure, they hit five home runs in that blowout, but what else did they do this week? In the other five games, they never scored more than four runs.

The Braves still rank third in the National League in runs scored, so there shouldn’t be much panic from their battles against solid AL East pitching.

Pitching: B-

Losing starter Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery is really going to hurt. Beachy went down with the injury this week after a start to the 2012 season that was going to land him on the All-Star Team — his 2.00 ERA was tied for best in the National League, and nobody had allowed less earned runs than his 18.

The Braves’ staff did alright this week, allowing no more than six runs in any of the six games. Craig Kimbrel had two saves this week, and he carved up both teams he faced in two dominant ninth-inning appearances. Now, the Braves will need Jair Jurrjens to be better than he was before he was sent to AAA Gwinnett, or the loss of Beachy will hurt the pitching staff immensely.

Defense: B+

The Braves made several key plays in the field this week, and their defense is now tied with the Nationals for third in the NL. Two of the top three fielding teams are leading their division, so if the Braves want to climb into the NL East race again, the gloves will need to stay strong.

The week ahead:
Friday: at Boston Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
Saturday: at Boston Red Sox, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday: at Boston Red Sox, 1:35 p.m.
Tuesday: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:10 p.m.

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