Sorry we’ve been a little lax in recent days — work has been hectic.
I guess we should feel good about the Braves holding a 7-game lead, but it’s hard to be positive about this team, now just one game over .500 since a 12-1 start.
This month has seen the once-dependable rotation stumble. The Braves have a 4.14 ERA in July while continuing to struggle offensively, scoring 3 runs or fewer in 8 of their 18 games.
Yet Fredi stubbornly refuses to change the line-up, burying the team’s most consistent hitter in the 8th spot. Just dumb.
I assume everyone has memorized the line-up by now, but if not:
Simmons 6, Heyward 8, JUpton 9, Freeman 3, McCann 2, Gattis 7, Uggla 4, CJohnson 5, Hudson 1
The Braves really need to end this series with a couple of wins or we could look back at this road trip as a lost opportunity to bury the Phils and Nats. I’m far from confident that the division is wrapped up.