Braves’ current record: 40-35 (2nd in NL East, 3.5 games behind Washington Nationals)
June 22: Won 4-1 at Boston Red Sox
June 23: Lost 8-4 at Boston Red Sox
June 24: Lost 9-4 at Boston Red Sox
June 26: Won 8-1 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
June 27: Won 6-4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
June 28: Lost 3-2 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Braves’ offense wasn’t extraordinary this week, but it did enough to win more than three games. They scored at least four runs in five of their six games, but only won three of those five. That statistic suggests the pitching could have been a little more crisp, but before we pile on the pitchers, let’s look a little deeper at the offensive production. In their first four games of the week, the Braves tallied hit totals of 13, 10, 11 and 17, yet they only averaged five runs per game. So, yes, a little more execution with runners on base could have been nice, but if the offense continues to rake like that, they’re going to be tough to stop.
Jair Jurrjens shocked a lot of us this week with two solid outings upon returning from AAA Gwinnett to rejoin the club. He got the win in Friday night’s game, holding the Red Sox to just one run in 7.2 innings. His encore performance Thursday night wasn’t quite as sharp, but he only allowed two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. The rest was pretty much as normal — Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson both won their outing this week, while Randall Delgado and Mike Minor lost theirs.
Two errors in six games this week, and these two plays as well. Seems like a pretty good week in the field to me. In the big picture, the Braves now rank third in the National League with just 41 errors committed in 75 games, and their .985 fielding percentage is just .002 behind league-leading Arizona.
The week ahead:
Friday: vs. Washington Nationals, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday: vs. Washington Nationals, 4:05 p.m.
Sunday: vs. Washington Nationals, 1:35 p.m.
Monday: vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday: vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday: vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
Thursday: vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.