The Bravos need a victory today to secure a winning road trip against the downtrodden D-Backs and reeling Rockies. Meanwhile, the Natspos seek a four-game sweep at NL West-leading San Fran this afternoon.
The DC club is 8-2 in June. If they keep that up, methinks we’ll be spared another teeth-gnashing October. That’s for another day, far — we hope — in the future. But let’s face it, this Braves team has only a few ways to win. If the starting pitching falters, there’s little else to fall back on. I still think an improved pen could mean 86-88 wins, which if Washington plays well won’t be enough to win the division but should put the Braves in wildcard contention.
Again, though, we’re just a game back, and it’s early June. Let’s go win this series today. The lineup: Heyward, BJ, Freeman, Johnson, LaStella, Simmons, Laird, Schafer LF, Santana.