The Atlanta Braves have a problem at shortstop, while Dansby Swanson remains injured Atlanta has continued to start Johan Camargo. It is time for the Braves to find a different option considering how poorly Camargo has played.
After a breakout season, last year for the Atlanta Braves Johan Camargo was expecting to be a starter in 2019. A role many would think he had earned after a great season and helping get the Braves back to the postseason.
Since Swanson has gone down Camargo has struggled to hit at all struggling to maintain an average close to .200 since the All-Star break.
Not only has his bat disappeared his once solid fielding abilities have disappeared as well. It is if suddenly Camargo is a different player one who shouldn’t be on a Major League roster.
While he has struggled for the majority of the season this was attributed to the fact he was consistently on the bench after starting for a majority of 2018.
This could still be the case for a player who expected to be a starter and was no doubt unhappy with his bench role.
He simply hasn’t been able to find a rhythm after not starting for the majority of the season. Whatever the reasoning may be the Braves simply cannot continue to trot him out in the starting lineup. If they want to continue to play as a postseason team should.
They already are giving an out away by putting Tyler Flowers in the lineup if they continue to start Johan Camargo that is three free outs in what was a stacked Braves lineup.
Dansby Swanson and Nick Markakis will both be back at some point but neither have a solid timetable and it looks likely they will miss a majority of the rest of the season.
It is time for the Braves to find another option and move on from Johan Camargo. Perhaps next year he will be a starting option once again but for now, he is a liability on a team that needs every win they can get to gear up for a postseason run.