The Braves enter this series reeling, or should we say realing, but the Natspos are at the moment worse. That’s subject to change.
The Bravos are 9-9. Not so bad. But the way they’ve gotten there is dispiriting. Since starting 5-1, our home boys are 4-8. Bruce Hooper and his pals have lost five straight and sit at 7-12. So there’s that.
I’m not sure a committee of Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, Whitey Herzog, Billy Martin and Casey Stengal could contend with this roster. But it bugs me that Kelly Johnson has as many at-bats as Chris Johnson. CJ is no Tony Gwynn, mind you, but he’s hitting well this season. KJ is batting .206. CJ is perhaps capable of being a serviceable big leaguer, it’s safe to assume. KJ is not, it’s also safe to assume.
Ah, well. We’ll see if Stults can keep the Braves in it tonight. Facing Doug Fister will be: Markakis (who’s hit .364 vs. Fister in 22 ABs) RF, Simmons SS, Freeman 1B, Pierzynski C, Callaspo 3B, KJ LF, Peterson 2B, Young CF, Stults P.