Yes, the Braves are still tied for first, but unless they win these last two in Chicago they’ll head into the break lamenting a lost opportunity. At best, they’ll finish the first half going 3-4 against the Mets and Cubs.
With Edwin Jackson on the mound today for the Little Bears, Braves hitters have no excuse. Jackson, still owed $26 million over the next two years, has a 5.00 ERA with the Cubs. Strangely, he’s been better at Wrigley this year than on the road, with 4 wins and a 3.86 ERA.
Freddie and J-Up are a combined 13-for-25 against Jackson, with 2 homers. I sense a rout, with Minor building on his solid start against the Mets.
BUpton 8 Simmons 6 Freeman 3 JUpton 7 Heyward 9 Johnson 5 La Stella 4 Bethancourt 2 Minor 1