Open thread, 6/1, #Braves vs. Mr. Misters

How have the Braves maintained a .500 record two months into the season? Hell if I know. The rotation, outside of Shelby Miller, has been erratic. The bullpen, more so. The line-up is neither top-heavy or deep. The manager is strategically inept.

But here we are. It would take a sweep of the Diamondbacks to make this a winning road trip, but finishing 4-5 would suffice. The Braves have the right arms to do it: Wood, Miller and Folty. And Cody Martin is back, replacing the demoted Donnie Veal.

Arizona doesn’t have much, save for the one thing most teams, including the Braves, have little of: Right-handed power. Paul Goldschmidt just keeps getting better, batting .354 with 15 homers and a 1.143 OPS. He’s complemented by Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock and rookie Yasmany Tomas, all having productive seasons.

The line-up:

Peterson, Maybin, Freeman, Markakis, Uribe, Pierzynski, Simmons, Cunningham, Wood

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3 comments

  1. Lowered expectations make this .500 ball club a lot of fun to watch. Rooting for Jace Peterson reminds me how it felt to root for Lemke and Olson 24 years ago

  2. For the past month, other than Teheran and the three starts by Stults, the rotation has been good. Believe it or not, the starters’ ERA for the season is the same as the Giants at 3.84 and a tick better than the Nats at 3.86. I’d say that and maybe Grilli saving 15 of 16 chances are big reasons for the .500 record.

  3. Every day of watching Peterson gives me more optimism the Braves have traded for an actual quality infielder who will be playing for us productively a long time, as opposed to the overhyped crap the franchise has plugged in at 2B for more than a decade. I am fine with a .500 club this year if Folty and Perez continue to improve in various ways each start. I do worry that we once again will not be watching a Bravos catcher of the future this season, given that Bethancourt just cannot seem to figure out how to hit major league pitching.

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