The Atlanta Braves lost their second straight game due to terrible pitching and an inability to keep the score close. The comeback effort fell just short and Atlanta lost to the Phillies 8-6.
Watching the Atlanta Braves this season through two games has been beyond frustrating. Their lack of spending was already a point of frustration for Braves fans. Now it is simply maddening considering how ugly the pitching has been.
The bullpen doesn’t have the depth to hold a lead and the lack of rotation depth has hurt the Braves forcing them to start rookies during their opening series.
Today’s game was a prime example of why the Braves should have spent on more pitching depth. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead Atlanta gave up 8 runs unable to climb back falling 8-6 despite a 2-run homer in the 9th from Charlie Culberson.
This team fights until the last out but can only be asked so much of the long term. If this team hopes to be a true contender it is time to sign at least one of the top pitching free agents left on the market and give the offense a better chance to carry this young pitching staff.
While two games is far from a large sample size, the games combined with the lack of established pitching talent on the roster is enough to know this team needs to make a move.
Scoring a combined 10-runs in two games and failing to win either one is a sign that your pitching staff isn’t getting the job done.
It is time for Atlanta to stop hoping perfection happens and make a move that will put this team back into contention. If not these two games are a sign of what will be an ongoing theme this season for the Braves.