The Atlanta Braves lost their season opener to the Phillies 10-4 watching their bullpen get demolished after Teheran’s solid start. It pointed to a fact Braves fans are all too aware of, the team didn’t do enough this off-season.
Though it would be an overreaction to base any Atlanta Braves projections off of yesterday’s opening loss it did point out a fact. The Braves have a suspect bullpen, a fact we knew heading into the season.
The fact the Braves made zero moves to improve their bullpen this off-season was head-scratching, to say the least.
Now as we head into game two there is even more reason to be concerned about this team’s lack of pitching depth.
Julio Teheran kept the Braves in the game giving up three runs (side note the Braves ended the day with four) while the bullpen gave up seven runs handing out walks freely before allowing the big home runs.
This is still a talented Braves team despite the terrible loss. It is game one with 161 games to go. This team will still win a lot of games, but as long as their bullpen stays as currently constructed they aren’t serious contenders.
The fact Luke Jackson is on this roster should point out that fact. Atlanta has a lack of depth in their bullpen and will struggle in the late innings as long as they refuse to address it.
For the first time in nearly a decade, Atlanta has an exciting roster with a chance to win more than just their division. It is time for the front office to finally wake up and make a move to help solidify a dumpster fire of a bullpen.
If not the Braves will not win a playoff series this season and will yet again be sitting at home come October.