It will be intriguing to see how young Folty fares at the silly-looking yard by the Ohio River. The Redlegs boast some decent hitters. But as a group they have been less than fearsome, scoring just 39 runs in 10 May games, and 10 of those in one tilt vs. the White Sox.
Meanwhile, Los Bravos will face Anthony DeSclafani. After four solid to excellent starts to open the season, the 24-year-old rookie righty has been roasted in his past two outings: 7 earned runs and 20 hits and walks in 10 innings. The Braves tallied 4 against him in just 5 frames on May 1.
A couple of notes. Jace Peterson has his batting average up to .281 and his OBP is .347. Not bad. But among his 25 hits is just one for extra bases, a triple. He’s been mediocre, perhaps worse, with the glove. So if, maybe when, Peraza gets the call I suspect we’ll see Jace in the outfield or on the bench.
How shaky has the pen been lately? In the past 7 games, Bravo relievers have allowed 11 earned in 12-1/3 innings. In 10 May games, the pen has pitched 26 innings–which of course is too many thanks to bad starts. Five of the 26 have been perfect.
Why Pete Rose Jr. here? For one, he was born in Cincy. Second, my younger brothers and I met him at an exhibition game in Lakeland, Fla. in the late 1970s and he was a little prick. He’s now a coach in the White Sox minor league system. Perhaps he’s matured into a reasonable human. I somehow doubt it.
Tonight’s Bravos nine: Markakis, Andrelton, Freddie, KJ, El Capitan Ordinario, Pierzynski, Peterson, Young, Folty.