Open thread, 5/29, Braves vs. the World
UPDATE, 4:45: O’Brien tweeted that Medlen’s been sent down, presumably to stretch out for starting duties. Constanza called up and starting in left tonight, batting ninth. Freddie remains out until at least Thursday, when it’s hoped his new goggles will arrive.
On April 29, 2010, the Braves dropped their ninth in a row … to the Cards. JJ didn’t make it out of the first, starting OF’s Melky Cabrera and Nate McLouth were hitting under .200 and the team stood at 8-14. Jurrjens would continue to struggle through an injury-prone campaign, fifth starter Kenshin Kawakami won one game and the rotation was only three deep: Hanson, Huddy and Derek Lowe.
That team made the playoffs, of course, so not all is lost. The difference: the rest of the division, besides the Phillies was decidedly mediocre. Only Philly and Atlanta finished above .500. And the 2010 Braves had Bobby, a factor many dismiss.
And they didn’t have to face a killer schedule while they were at their worst. They don’t play an opponent with a losing record until June 26, vs. Arizona. By then we’ll know whether the 2012 Braves merit comparison to the ’10 squad.
It’ll be up to Randall Delgado to stop the skid tonight. He’s coming off two bad starts in which he’s given up eight runs and eight walks in 9.1 innings.
Where’s Troy Glaus when we need him?