After being swept by the Pirates and losing a series to the Mets the Atlanta Braves season is off to a rough start. Are the early struggles an indication of what we will see the rest of the season?
Saying that the Atlanta Braves season is off to a rough start would be a vast understatement. The Braves have had multiple games in hand only to fumble them away late. Their inability to play defense or for the bullpen to hold a lead has come back to bite a starting staff that has been impressive early this season.
Already Julio Teheran has put together two outings without giving up an earned run and is yet to get a win on the season, reason 3,004 why wins is a meaningless stat for pitchers. Teheran, Colon, and Dickey have all put together great performances without a win to show for it. While if you did nothing besides look at the box you may not include Dickey in that lot he pitched better than the box shows.
R.A. Dickey pitched a good game that was similarly fumbled away and described by the veteran starter as “sloppy” the Braves are playing well enough to win games against postseason contenders but failing to put them away.
Aside from the sloppy defense the Braves losses have been on their inability to get runners in. They pile up hits and seem to have chances to score every inning over the past weekend but failed to capitalize.
Braves fans should not be concerned about the rough start considering the fact that the starting pitching has been solid and the lineup has been getting on base at a consistent pace. The hits will come and the runs will even out with the amount of runners that the Braves are getting on base.
While they may not be postseason contenders the Braves are a good team that is capable of playing .500 with the talent on their roster. The wins will begin to come and the bad luck and bad defense will begin to right itself in time. The Braves will travel to Miami and take on the Marlins tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 EST.