Open thread, 5/25, Braves vs. Esix Sneads
Game 1 resumes at 6 p.m. on SportSouth, with Joe Simpson joining Keith Hernandez on the telecast. Then, it’s over to Big Fox for Game 2.
It’s obvious the Bravos need bullpen reinforcements, and quickly. Jordan Walden should be back this week, so that’ll help. When Brandon Beachy, currently on a rehab assignment, is ready I suspect you’ll see him pitch in relief, where he could emerge as real weapon down the stretch.
But can the Braves afford to wait that long?
Might not be bad idea to call Seattle, which has three lefties in the ‘pen and is desperate for a bat.
Charlie Furbush was outstanding in 2012, striking out 53 in 46 IP with a WHIP under 1.00. The ex-Tiger has struggled with his command this season, walking 10 in 18-1/3, but he also has 27 K’s. Furbush is still two years away from arbitration, so I assume the M’s would be reluctant to deal him.
Oliver Perez (one in the same), a free agent at season’s end, is a more realistic option. After spending two years out of the majors, Perez resurfaced late last season with Seattle, and in 51 relief appearances for the M’s he’s averaging better than a strikeout per inning with a 1.93 ERA. This year he’s held left-handed batters to four singles in 29 AB’s, striking out 12. Right-handers haven’t fared much better against the former Met.