Could the Braves be even worse than we feared? I predicted but 64 wins; CD, 66. But if Julio and Woody don’t turn things around, things could get bleak — maybe not 1988-bleak, but close.
Fortunately for the local nine, few people are paying attention. The Braves rank 25th in attendance, behind even Oakland. Only the Florida teams, Minnesota, Cleveland and the White Sox are drawing worse. Crowds are off nearly 5,000 per game from this time a year ago — only Texas has experienced a steeper decline.
It’s to be expected, though still depressing.
Maybe we’ll see a lot of walk-ups tonight to welcome left-handed reliever Donne Veal to the majors. He replaces John Cornely, optioned after one outing. Still no word on tomorrow night’s starter, but most expect Folty will get the nod.
Markakis 9, Simmons 6,Freeman 3, K Johnson 7, C Johnson 5, Bcourt 2, Peterson 4, EY 8, Miller 1